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“When Wenger calls a player and asks him to join Arsenal, it is difficult to refuse”

The agent of Arsenal’s new striker, Park Chu-young, has explained his clients decision to abort a move to Lille in favour of joining the Gunners.

Park was set to join French champions Lille until a late bid from Arsenal scuppered their plans. Arsene Wenger contacted Monaco on Friday enquiring about Park’s availability and soon agreed a deal and was given permission to contact the player.

The 26-year olds agent, Maurizio Morana, revealed a personal call from Wenger and the chance to join Arsenal was simply too much to resist:

“We could not imagine what happened. On Friday, Arsenal contacted Monaco to know if an agreement had been found with Lille about a transfer,” Morana told France Football.

“As it was not the case, Arsenal started to negotiate, then asked to contact the player.

“Could you imagine how a player from Monaco could refuse such a club?

“As he should come back to his native Korea later in 2013 for military duties, this could be his last contract in Europe.

“When Arsene Wenger directly calls a player and asks him to join Arsenal, it is difficult to refuse.”

The transfer has yet to be made official, but is set to be announced shortly.



  1. Jimi

    August 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Oh thats good, so this player is effectively bound to be forced to retire in two years due to being called to military service for his country…. What an asset this chap will be. His value will drop like a new car.

  2. inad

    August 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    ‘his value will drop like a new car’, rather like an old car

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