Emirates Stadium boss makes an odd purchase.
Monaco striker Park Chu-young is set to complete a move to Premier League side Arsenal this weekend.
The South Korea captain had been close to signing for French side Lille, but will now travel to London for a medical in the next 24 hours.
Park, 26, who was a former target for Premier League rivals Fulham, will cost the Gunners betwen £3m and £5m.
“From what we understand he could be at Arsenal. Everything had been agreed.” said Lille president Michel Seydoux.
“We haven’t had a telephone call, nothing. Lille are baffled.”
Lille were surprised on Saturday at the disappearance of Park, who failed to show up for the second part of his medical, having agreed terms to join the French champions.
Park had been due at the northern French side to continue with the pre-signing examination, which he had begun on Friday.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This seems an odd move to me. Arsenal would be better off fixing defensive issues before looking to bring in a replacement for Nicklas Bendtner, a player who the club can probably afford to not replace given that the bulky front man has never been a first team regular at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger had stated in recent interviews his desire to bring in a player to make up for the probable sale of the giant 23 year old Dane but one wonders if the pursuit of a new centre back would trump such a move. The Gunners boss has been linked with moves to bring in the likes of Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Per Mertesacker so talk of the incoming signing of a South Korean striker will bemuse many Arsenal supporters.
For the record Park Chu-Young is the current South Korean national team captain but has hardly set the world alight in France. The 26 year old has scored 26 goals in 103 appearances at the club, who in case you didn’t know, were relegated to Ligue 2 last term. Worth noting too that Monaco have not won any of their opening four games in France’s second tier and clearly Wenger has links with the principality club but is that enough of a good reason to sign the former FC Seoul player?
Having seen Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy leave the club Arsenal fans would have hoped to see the North London side make some significant signings this month but thus far have had to make do with the capture of two teenagers, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Lille striker Gervinho. Hardly mouthwatering stuff is it?
Arsenal have Robin Van Persie, the aforementioned Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh as striking options, plus a number of young strikers who can be used as back-up, so why the need to buy a Ligue 2 striker? Very odd.