Arsenal Confirm £5m Signing Of Chu Young Park From Monaco

Emirates club welcomes South Korean with number nine shirt.

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Arsenal have signed Chu Young Park from Monaco for an initial £3million that could rise to £5million.

The 26-year-old was on the verge of moving to Lille, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hijacked the bid at the eleventh hour.

The South Korea captain, who took over from Park Ji-Sung when he retired, scored 25 times in 91 appearances for Monaco during three seasons in Ligue 1.

The ex-Asian Young Footballer of the Year made his debut for the South Korea senior side at 19, and played in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

He will wear the number nine shirt, formerly owned by Eduardo and the striker, who prefers to be known as ‘Ju’, will have J. Y. Park as his shirt name.

“I am very honoured and I feel very happy to be at Arsenal,” Park told the club’s website. “It is a dream to be here and I am really proud to be an Arsenal player.

“Now I just want to show how good I am and prove myself.

“In my opinion this is a great club, now I have to show what I can do on the pitch.

“I will do my best, I will never give up, I will show heart, I will give everything and I hope (the fans) will support me.”

“We are delighted to have signed Chu,” Wenger said. “He will add true quality to our attacking forces and will be a valuable addition to the squad.”

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