Park Chu-Young, who only joined the club at the end of the transfer window, has confirmed he will have no option but to leave the club in two years time to do national service
The South Korean striker faces jail or even exile from his homeland if he does not complete 21 months in the military before he is 30 and the £4 million signing from Monaco said there is no way around it.
“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,” said the 26-year-old.
“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.”
Park has yet to make an appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League although he did make his debut in the Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury.
He has scored 21 goals in 55 appearances from the South Korean national team.