Ju Young Park is getting his pre-season training off to a flying start by undergoing boot camp training back in South Korea.
No, it’s not a fitness group made to sound all tough like the one that goes on in your local park, but an actual boot camp he is forced to attend as part of his mandatory military training.
The former South Korean captain received a 10 year exemption from his national service but is required to carry out a 4 week course of basic training.
A spokesperson for Park’s agents, DH Sports, said he would return to Arsenal after this period of training is over.
While it’s clear to all and sundry that he has absolutely no future as an Arsenal player, his absence means it will be difficult to move him on until his marching and so forth is over.
It remains the most bizarre Arsenal signing of recent years. Having been snatched from Monaco as he was about to sign for Lille, Park played just 10 minutes of Premier League football all season before being shipped out on loan to Celta Vigo.
He scored three times for them last season but was fined for missing their final league game of the season.
And he’s in army now, wooooo-aaaah-wooooooh, he’s in the army.