Germany awaits the Gunners, Arsenal’s loan watch, and Featured Profile: Park Chu-Young

Alright then, let’s move on from our slender victory over Swansea.

Tomorrow is the commencement of the Champions League, and Arsenal’s opponent would be Borussia Dortmund.

I know next to nothing about Dortmund, other than that they were champions of the German league last year. Based on some reseach, all I can tell is that they love to play attacking possession football. However, if it is to be any console, they have since lost key player, Nuri Sahin to Real Madrid.

Maybe it is due to the loss of Sahin, but Borussia are in no real form at the moment. The German team have started the season in stuttering form, winning 2 games, losing 2, and drawing one. You could say they are probably in the same state as Arsenal right now.

Players have called forth for the team to forget about the win over Swansea, and to focus more on the game at hand. Arteta, who is a certainty to start for his Champions League debut, wants the team to start preparing for the game against Dortmund.

It was important for us to get the three points and forget about what happened two weeks ago (at Manchester United). We have got a big Champions League game on Tuesday, so no we focus on that.”

Mertesacker, who played in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen before moving over to Arsenal, has emphasised on the danger of Dortmund, but is confident that we would be able to do well.

They are the toughest opponent in our group, so we will be very happy if we can take something from this match. It will be difficult for us but I know we have very good players and I’m confident we can get a result.

Another player up for the game is Szczesny. The Pole had suffered from the taunting of some Dortmund players after the Manchester game and is highly motivated to give them back some grief.

They’ve been taking the mickey out of the 8-2 defeat but they can’t get into my head. I will be focused. I hope after the game I will be the one who comes out on top with the banter.

This is great actually, Szczesny has already been performing so well, that being able to motivate himself to perform better is great news! Get ready to meet the Great Wall of Szczesny, Dortmund!

Missing out on his return to Dortmund, would be Rosicky, and Ramsey too it seems. Both are injured and would not be traveling with the squad. More team news will follow tomorrow as Mr Bystander over here gets more news!

Now moving on to the performances of our youngsters on loan.

Kyle Bartley who is on loan at Rangers, have injured himself again, and would be unavailable for a month at least.

Bendtner made his Sunderland debut against Chelsea, and made a decent start to his life over at the Black Cats. He could have opened the scoring after 12 minutes but his header glanced just wide of the post. Alas, his miss proved to be costly as the Black Cats went down 2-1 to Chelsea.

Pedro Botelho started in Rayo Vallecano 0-0 draw against Zaragoza, and picked up a booking before being subbed in the 61st minute. The Brazilian is in with a last chance to impress Wenger this season in the top leagues, or else faces the exit door.

Joel Campbell made his debut for Lorient as a substitute yesterday. The youngster came on with 10 mins to go, and Lorient trailing by a goal. His quick feet, and lob-through pass found Emeghara who finished off the move and earned Lorient a point.  Good pass and movement from Campbell. Click here to watch his wonderful assist.

Denilson started for Sao Paulo in their 2-2 draw against Aletico Paranaense. Could understand nothing except that it was a shocker as Sao Paulo was 3rd and they drew with the 19th placed team.

Samuel Galindo came off the bench in the 63rd minute but failed to accomplish anything as Gimnastic fell to a 3-0 defeat to Real Valladolid. Spanish newspaper were reporting that aside from a few dribbles, Galindo had a debut to forget.

The star of the moment but who can’t seem to get a chance in the current squad is Henri Lansbury. The youngster has publicly stated that if he is not given games, he would be looking to leave Arsenal. Fair enough, though I wouldn’t agree with it. Lansbury started for the Hammers, and played a pivotal role in West Ham’s 4-3 win over Portsmouth. The tenacious midfielder was sharp and  first to react to the ball in the box, firing a low shot which hobbled its way into goal after taking a deflection. Lansbury also helped play a part in earning a penalty for West Ham. Videos below are provided to see Lansbury performance. If you only want the goals then Click here for goals. For match highlights Click here for match highlights.

Lastly, Carlos Vela was off the bench in Real Sociedad’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona. The youngster was introduced in the 80th minute after an injury to Agirretxe. Not much time to have any effect, but he did play a part in denying Barcelona the full 3 points.

So that’s all for today my good people! Tomorrow would be the match preview for Dortmund Vs Arsenal! Remember to leave comment and share your thoughts, like whether you agree with Lansbury leaving or not! If you want to be kept in the know, remember to subscribe by going to my home page and clicking on the subscription button! For now, I leave you with a profile of Park Chu Young!

Park Chu Young ( Ju Young )

Park Chu Young (Ju Young), No.9 - Photo

Park Chu Young, or Ju Young as he prefers to be called as, is a striker from Arsenal and also the South Korean national squad captain.

The Korean was hugely successful as a youngster, earning rave reviews in competitions like the 2004 AFC Youth Championship.

Park first joined Seoul FC in the K-league in 2005. His first season would turn out to be his most prolific during his time in the K-league, scoring 12 goals in 19 games. The subsequent seasons saw Park scoring lesser goals, as injury disrupted his playing time. The Korean would only go on to manage 11 goals in 49 games over the next 3 seasons, a goal less than what he accomplished in his first season.

However, lady luck was shining on Park, as he was still selected for the 2007 Olympics, and impressed scouts from around the world. Monaco FC came calling and signed the striker. Park would have leave Seoul FC with a total of 23 goals from 68 games. That is a ratio a goal every 3 games. Not prolific by all standards, but a decent return nonetheless.

The Korean’s strike rate in his first season at Monaco was even less impressive. He managed only a meager 5 goals from 31 appearances. However, it may a case of Park  still adapting to the French league, as the following season saw Park improve, and go on to notch 8 goals in 27 games. His last season, the 2010/11 season, at Monaco showed further improvement, with 12 goals in 33 games. However, despite his improvement and goals, Monaco FC were relegated.

By then, Park had done enough to convince top teams to pay for him. Before Arsenal had even made a bid for Park, Lille, the reigning French champions first made their move, and  already had agreed upon a fee for the striker. All was left but a second medical and some paper works before Park Ju Young was a Lille player.

However, after it was known that Bendtner was leaving, and that Joel Campbell would not be given a work permit, Arsene made his move. He called his old club Monaco, and arranged for Park to join Arsenal. Park needed no second invitation, and joined Arsenal on the 30th of August, a day before the transfer window closes, for a fee in the region of 3m.

Park has good movement off the ball, loving to run around the pitch. This aids in tiring out opposition, as they have to keep track of him all the time, leaving spaces for Park’s team mates to exploit. The Korean has also shown his ability to strike the ball, notching 4 goals in 2 games for Korea since joining Arsenal.

Park Ju Young strike-rates are not prolific at all in any sense. He averaged a goal only every 3-4 games prior to coming to Arsenal. Perhaps it was his previous team’s lack of ability to provide Park with the services need to score goals. Given that all of his previous clubs were not blessed with quality players, it may be that Park would actually be more effective playing for Arsenal.

The striker’s weaknesses may  also be the language barrier, as he speaks only Korean, and a little French having spend 3 years in France. However, football is universal. You just shout SHOOT or f*** you and players would most probably understand you. There is a high chance that language would be a problem easily solved by Park, with time, as the Korean has a IQ of 150, probably more than either you or me.

Another flaw in Park is his availability. The Korean was only signed on a two year contract, as he is obliged to return to South Korea to perform military duty, as required of all South Korean male citizens. There are a few ways he could escape conscription, and one is to adopt a UK passport and forsake his Korean nationality, or to win the Olympics next year. A tall order, either way.

Park is also facing an obstruction which is intangible. That is, the curse of the no.9 shirt. Just to put things into perspective, the no.9 shirt was previously Reyes, Jeffers, Aliadiere, Baptista and Eduraro. Not exactly auspicious but oh well, may be Park would dispel this silly notion.

Having only 2 years to prove himself, the Korean may put himself under undue pressure. Furthermore his records shows that he needs time to climatise to a new environment, before being able to flourish. However, should Park show as much energy and work as his name sake over at Manchester, he may turn out to be an important part of the squad. He may play for only 2 years without playing to his full potential, but as long as he works and tries hard, the fans and supporters would surely be there to give him a rousing roar whenever he plays.

Here’s to hoping Park play his Seoul out, and would have a successful Korea at Arsenal. Pun intended. Good day!


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