Of all the signings on Transfer Deadline Day, the most surprising was the addition of AS Monaco striker Park Chu-Young—snatched from under the nose of Lille and convinced to sign after a personal call from Arsene Wenger.
While such a move may strain relations between Lille and Arsenal as the Gunners look to add Eden Hazard to the side in the future, what it also accomplished was to bring in a quality player in Park for a team in need of finishers.
Unsurprisingly for the South Korean, he lacks height as a striker at only 5'11" (1.82m), but he more than makes up for a lack of size with a high motor and leadership qualities. Named captain of South Korea after the retirement from the national team of Park Ji-Sung, Park Chu-Young has captured the hearts of his native countrymen and should help provide more experience to a Gunners side that could use the leadership.
Most impressive, however, is his work rate which should endear him to Gooners of all ages, especially in light of players like Arshavin (great player but often gives up when things don't go his way) or Bendtner, who haven't always seemed to be "in" the game. Lastly, he possesses wonderful timing that saw him shred the Lebanese defense and lead his team to a 6-0 victory.
Lebanon is hardly a daunting task for many teams, but a hat trick isn't always a "gimme" and the quality of Ju—as he likes to be called—was evidenced in all three goals.
For all of the volleys that players like Thierry Henry and RvP have netted for Arsenal, one had to be impressed as Ju calmly redirected a cross from the left winger that was in the middle third. His header off of the corner for his second score was textbook as he squared his body and netted the ball powerfully off his forehead. Hustle is what provided him a chance on goal number three as he beat the left side of the defense, controlled the ball and rifled in a shot to the bottom left corner, crossing the keeper.
Is there a more inspiring sight that seeing a new signing in that kind of form? I think not.
What does this mean for Arsenal? An experienced leader (Wenger's theme during the frenzy of Deadline Day?) is added to the team and provides additional cover for RvP. While I think that it's unlikely we'll see them on the field together, should Wenger decide upon a two-striker formation, there could be a flood of goals for an Arsenal side looking for added punch after Nasri's departure.
It may be expecting too much from the new signing to have the same impact on the EPL, but the talent level of the opposition bore little effect upon the quality of Ju. I, for one, am excited to see what weapons he has in his Arsenal.
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