Why did Arsenal decide to sign Park Chu-Young this summer for £4million from Monaco if we are only going to have him for two seasons before he has to go back to South Korea to complete national service?
Park must complete 21 months in the military before he reaches the age of 30 or face being jailed or even exiled from his homeland.
“It isn’t really possible to be excused. That can’t and won’t happen, which is another reason I chose to come here,” Park said.
“I’ll have to leave Europe in two years’ time and I thought this would be an incredible place to finish. My national service is inevitable and there is no point in thinking anything else.
“I’ll still be playing games, but for an army club. I think it’ll be difficult to return to Europe after that, although if something interesting comes up, you never know.”
What do you make of all this?