• Premier League

Arsenal confirm Park Chu-Young capture

ESPN staff
August 30, 2011

Arsenal have begun the process of reshaping their squad by confirming an agreement to sign striker Park Chu-Young from AS Monaco for a reported fee of £10 million.

Chu-Young is expected to be the first of at least three major signings for Arsenal before Wednesday's transfer deadline, as boss Arsene Wenger reacts to the humiliating 8-2 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday.

Germany defender Per Mertesacker is having a medical with the London side, while Brazil international Andre Santos is also expected to tie up a deal over the next 24 hours.

Chu-Young, 26, scored 25 goals in 91 appearances for Monaco during three seasons in France's top division, and replaced Park Ji-Sung as the captain of South Korea at the start of 2011. He was expected to complete a move to Lille, before Arsenal hijacked the transfer at the 11th hour.

Wenger said: "We are delighted to have signed Chu. He will add true quality to our attacking forces and will be a valuable addition to the squad."

Chu-Young added: "I am very honoured and I feel very happy to be at Arsenal. It is a dream to be here and I am really proud to be an Arsenal player. Now I just want to show how good I am and prove myself.

"In my opinion this is a great club, now I have to show what I can do on the pitch. I will do my best, I will never give up, I will show heart, I will give everything and I hope [the fans] will support me."

He will wear the No. 9 shirt for the Gunners.

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