The 28-year-old South Korea international appeared to be something of a ‘panic buy’ in 2011 as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked to the forward to improve his squad the summer captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left the North London club.
However, Park has been the most peripheral of peripheral squad players since his move to the Emirates from Monaco – at the time the deal was completed, he had been due to take a medical with Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
The circumstances surrounding his arrival seemed strange to begin with and his time in the Premier League has been much the same; in two-and-a-half years as an Arsenal player, Park has made just one league appearance and has never scored a goal for the Gunners.
Reports have emerged, however, that he could be on his way back to France ahead of the transfer deadline at 11pm this Friday – according to Goal, he is ‘in talks’ to sign for Nantes.
Park was sent out on loan to Celta Vigo last term by Arsene Wenger and he managed to make 25 appearances in all competitions, effectively putting himself in the shop window with four goals and one assist for the Spaniards.
It now looks likely the striker will make a permanent move away from the Emirates with his destination expected to be recently promoted Nantes who currently find themselves in 8th place in Ligue 1 after a decent start to the season.
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