Craven Cottage fail with move to lure South Korean away from the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have rejected an approach from Fulham to sign striker Park Chu-Young on loan until the summer, Goal.com can disclose.
The Cottagers have been scouring Europe for striker options in recent weeks and make an enquiry for the South Korea captain, who has struggled to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s team.
But the Arsenal manager is confident Park, who cost the club £2.6 million, will be more effective in the second half of the season.
Given that Park Chu-Young has played just eight minutes of Premier League action one may be surprised that Arsene Wenger chose to reject Martin Jol’s approach for the club’s South Korean international. The Arsenal boss may plan to give the 26 year old more first team action in the second half of the campaign but as yet has not trusted the former Monaco to anything more than Carling Cup action.
With the North London club depending heavily on Robin Van Persie for goals, and the likes of Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh failing to make an impact, perhaps the Gunners boss will give Park Chu-Young more chance to shine. Thierry Henry was brought in from the New York Red Bulls to offer back-up and this seemed to suggest that the South Korean summer signing had merely fallen further down the Emirates Stadium pecking order.
Jol is looking to beef up his attacking options as he hopes to push his Fulham side further away from the drop zone.
Fulham have been indebted to great goal-scoring support from Clint Dempsey, who has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, whilst Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson have had up and down seasons at Craven Cottage.
Arsenal have however loaned out young Japanese winger to Bolton for the remainder of the season.