Park realizes that there is more responsibility on his shoulders now as people will expect him to deliver and show that he deserves to be a part of a huge club like Arsenal.
The South Korean international confirmed that in 2013 he will have to leave the Gunners, as he will have to return to his native Korea for military duty, which could simply mean playing for a military team in the K-League.
The striker told Arsenal Player:
[being an ambassador for my country in Europe?] I feel more responsible now, because I am the National team captain of South Korea and I am in a very big Club like Arsenal.
There are lots of Arsenal fans in Korea, they are really big fans of the club so I feel more responsible now to show what I can do and to play well here. If I can do that then the people of Korea will be happy for me. I know I must perform well.
[Returning to Korea for military service?] Yes, that’s true. I don’t feel rushed [to get in the team quickly], I just feel really proud to have two and a half years at Arsenal.
They are the last team I will be with before I go back to Korea from Europe and I’m really happy about that. I will do my best to show what I can do in the next two and half years.
[If I spoke to cousin Ji Sung Park?] No, I haven’t spoken to him yet, but when I do I will ask for advice. [About what?] He is experienced in the Premier League so I will ask how he settled in, on and off the pitch. It is a new country for me so I would like to ask how he adapted when he first came here.
[My message to the fans?] Well, I’d like to say I’m really happy to be here at Arsenal. 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 and I will give everything and I hope you will support me.
So Chu Young Park really is a short term solution essentially, with only 2 seasons in him until he must report back to Korea It is mandatory for a South Korean male to serve a 22 month stint in the military, and it is considered shameful, undutiful, and treasonous for a man to take measures to avoid his military service when he is healthy and capable. Whether he will be continuing to play football in Korea is yet to be seen.