By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger says new boy Ju Young Park’s versatility will prove valuable this season.
Park arrived at Emirates Stadium from French outfit Monaco in the summer following their relegation to the second division last season.
Wenger had noted the South Korea captain’s ability to play all across the front line and admits it was a key factor in his decision to sign him.
“Park is good in every area,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “He is good in the air, good technically, he is mobile and that’s why he is an adaptable striker who can play up front behind the striker.
“That’s why we went for him. What I like with him is that he is very mobile and that’s the basis of our game.”
Park is set to become Arsenal’s first-ever South Korean star and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his successful compatriot, Manchester United’s Ji-Sung Park.
Wenger is no stranger to Asian football having enjoyed a successful spell as manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan. He believes that the mentality of that continent’s people is a perfect fit for football.
“Asian culture, usually, is well suited to team sports,” he said. “Their culture is very collective and once they get the technical level they are very at ease in a sport where, in England, you need commitment, focus and team attitude.
“Their culture is well suited to that.”
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