Following South Korea’s qualification to this summer’s World Cup, Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young must have noted that a lack of game time will see him miss out on the world’s biggest footballing occasion.
The 28-year-old became one of Arsene Wenger’s most bizarre signings in 2011 when he joined up with the Gunners following a rather mediocre spell in France.
Since moving to North London, the Korean international has featured just a handful of times for the Gunners – with his most recent appearance being Arsenal’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea in the League Cup where he came off the bench with 10 minutes remaining.
His lack of appearances has seriously affected his opportunities to play with the national team. Despite an impressive record of 23 goals in 61 caps, South Korea coach Hong Myung-Bo has reiterated his desire for Park Chu-Young to get some first-team action, warning that he has yet to decide the full line-up of his World Cup squad:
He told reporters: "I have decided about 80 percent of my final roster and will decide my starting line-up in June."
Partly as a result of Park Chu-Young’s international exclusion, the former FC Seoul striker moved to Championship side Watford on the final day of the transfer window in an attempt to gain some much-needed minutes on the pitch.
Despite the move, he has yet to make a start for Hornets – with his only appearance being his debut when he replaced Fernando Forestieri in the final minute of Watford’s 2-0 home victory over Brighton. Still this has been enough to convince his international boss to draft him back into the squad this month.
Park Chu-Young’s lack of game time is becoming as big a mystery as his initial signing with the Gunners and South Korea’s friendly with Greece in March could be his last chance to secure a World Cup place this summer.
Will Park Chu-young return to represent the Gunners in a competitive match?
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