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Park 'to leave Arsenal after two years'

ESPNsoccernet staff
October 9, 2011
Park Chu-Young joined Arsenal over the summer © Getty Images

New Arsenal signing Park Chu-Young says there is no chance he will be able to avoid national service in two years' time.

South Korea forward Park, 26, signed from Monaco this summer in a deal reported to be worth £4 million, but it appears he will spend only two years at the Emirates before he is forced to return to his homeland.

"It isn't really possible to be excused," he said in the Daily Star Sunday. "That can't and won't happen, which is another reason I chose to come here.

"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."

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