'Lucky to be here' - Keown slates Arsenal flop's World Cup display

Park Chu Young

Arsenal and Watford flop Park Chu Young did not do a lot to impress for South Korea against Russia.

Park Chu-Young has seen his club career go rapidly downhill since leaving Monaco for Arsenal in 2011.

He barely got a game for the Gunners, and his loan spell at Watford did not see him fare any better.

Set to be released from his contract on June 30, Park was selected by South Korea for their World Cup squad and made their starting line-up.

He did not last past the hour mark however, substituted 56 minutes into the 1-1 draw with Russia with the game goalless at that point.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was not impressed with his performance, telling the BBC on commentary:

"He didn't look big enough to be a centre-forward, he was disappointing. Some say he was lucky to be here."

  TeamPosTotal Scoring AttKey PassesTouchesAerial WonPass Completion %Mins
Park Chu-Young South Korea FW 0 1 24 2 54.55 56

Park did not manage a single effort on goal against Russia, but did carve out one goalscoring chance which his teammates could not convert.

His coach appeared unimpressed as he hauled him off early, and the chances of Park Chu-Young starting the next game for South Korea hang in the balance.

He will hope for more success against Algeria and Belgium, but given his lack of football over the past two years, it would not be a smart bet to put your money on him producing the goods.

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