Which Arsenal flop is being tasked with beating Barcelona this weekend?

Park Chu Young

Park Chu-Young is currently on loan at Celta Vigo and with Iago Aspas banned for four games the South Korean flop is being asked to fill in for the clubs star man.

Plenty of ex-Arsenal players are having a tremendous season in La Liga. Carlos Vela immediately springs to mind as he is the main catalyst in the Champions League qualification push at Real Sociedad.

Even those out on loan such as Real Betis forward Joel Campbell are having a good time.

But ‘Le Hora de Park’ is the headline in Spanish publication Marca today and the man they are talking about is Arsenal flop Park Chu Young.

The South Korean international was brought into the club by Arsene Wenger in 2011; snatched from the fingers of French outfit Lille he arrived from Monaco with a reasonable reputation but still plenty to prove at a higher level.

His time at The Emirates has however been nothing short of a disaster. He grabbed one goal; in a League Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers. He only managed one appearance for the side in the Premier League and last summer he suffered the ultimate indignity of having his kit number taking away from him; his number nine shirt given to Lukas Podolski in August.

So why is it the time for Park?

Well he is now out on loan at Celta Vigo. His time in La Liga got off to an excellent start. He scored in his home debut against Getafe becoming the first South Korean to score in La Liga.

This weekend the Galician’s face a massive task when they come up against runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona; and to make matters even worse they must do so without their star man Iago Aspas.

The Spanish forward has been linked with numerous clubs this year after an impressive season in La Liga but his actions in the Galician derby against Deportivo La Coruna see him out of action for four games; suspended after a nasty head-butt on Carlos Marchena.

So now the Celta coach Abel Resino is ready to task Park with the opportunity to prive his doubters wrong against the Catalan giants.

In February he found himself ridiculed in the Spanish press for his poor performances in Celta Blue and the fans have not exactly been on his side either but with Aspas out for four crucial relegation deciding games the mission has been handed to Park; can you keep us in La Liga?

What do you make of Park Chu Young’s poor La Liga form?

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