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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chu-Young poised for Premier League after League Cup goal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that South Korea international Park Chu-Young is ready for the Premier League.

The striker played the full 90 minutes in the Gunners’ 2-1 Carling Cup win over Bolton, grabbing his first goal for the club in the process.

Wenger admits that Chu-Young, who signed from Monaco over the summer, needed to time to adjust to the pace of the English game, and didn’t play to his best in a previous Carling Cup encounter with Shrewsbury, his first live football of the season.

However, after a few more weeks training the 26-year-old is set to give Arsenal a much needed boost in the Premier League.

After a shaky start to the season the goal-scoring exploits of Robin van Persie have helped pick up some valuable points in recent weeks, but Chu-Young’s presence will give the Dutchman some much needed support. Plus with the league out of the question, you can bet on the FA Cup and Carling Cup taking greater priority for Wenger this year as he bids to end his six-year trophy drought.

Speaking after the Bolton game Wenger said: "Compared to the player who played in the first match [against Shrewsbury] where he was a bit inhibited, tonight I felt he played with freedom and has showed what a good player he is."

"He had a very, very good game. His movement was exceptional and his finishing is absolutely fantastic,"

"He is ready to play in league games.

"We want to just keep going and I think it is down to us to change the mind of people," the Frenchman continued.

"We have a good spirit, a good attitude and there is still some room for improvement of course. We are getting better and better."

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