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Ju Young Park arrived at the Emirates Stadium in the summer with a smaller reputation than most of Arsenal's new recruits, but Arsene Wenger believes he will make his presence felt soon.

The 26-year-old South Korean star has been in prolific form for his country in recent months, but so far has only featured for the Gunners in the Carling Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town.

Park is set to feature again when Bolton visit north London for tonight's fourth round tie, and Wenger has high hopes for the former Monaco man, who is taking time to settle in England.

"Some players like Pires and Henry took four, five, six months and they became exceptional players," he told Arsenal Player. "Park arrived two months ago so that's normal.

"Some people judged our players very quickly in a negative way and slowly they changed their mind through their performances. I prefer it that way round than the other.

"Some players make you jump off your seat in the early stages and then disappoint you after. These players will win over all the sceptical people and Park is one of them."

Despite making only a cameo appearance so far this term, Wenger is confident that Park has all the attributes to be a success in English football, and feels it's only a matter of time before he wins over the Arsenal faithful.

"I have been impressed by his intelligence and his attitude," he added. "He is well-appreciated and rated by his team-mates and by the staff as well - we think he is a quality player.

"It is hard in the Premier League but Park is a player with quality and intelligence. On the longer term that will always come out and I am confident he will do that in the Premier League as well.

"What you need when you want to be successful at a club is three strikers, three central strikers. We have them and we are very happy with that."

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