The South Korean captain initially was set to serve his military duty in 2013, effectively cutting his time as a professional footballer considerably short. The 26 year old now can finish his career before serving his duty which is positive news for Arsenal.
The guardian wrote:
South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration said on Friday that Park’s 10-year residency visa from Monaco means he can put off his service until 2022.
Park joined Monaco in 2009 and played in France for two seasons before heading to England to link up with Arsenal in August last year.
All South Korean men are required to serve two to three years in the military, and it was believed when the striker signed for Arsenal he would leave next year. That would mean there was no chance of the Gunners selling him in the closing stages of his contract.
He has had little impact since his arrival and is referred to as a flop in the mould of fellow striker Chamakh as the duo are restricted to just brief cameos off the bench and cup fixtures. The pair are believed to be seeking moves away from North London this coming summer and the news that Park can actually fulfill his professional career means that his value will certainly rise.