Park life and Arsh reality

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Ju Young Park may not have featured as much as some of Arsenal's other summer signings so far this campaign, but Arsene Wenger has complete faith in him.

The South Korea captain started only his second game for the Gunners on Tuesday night, and registered his first goal with a flourish, converting Andrey Arshavin's pass to secure a 2-1 Carling Cup win over Bolton.

Park's adaptation to English football has never been in question insists Wenger, because even the best players need time to settle.

"Park arrived on August 31 and now we are at the end of October - that's two months," he told Arsenal Player. "Thierry Henry started to play in November and arrived earlier, so it takes some time to settle.

"Park is a quality player, we see that in training, and he is a very intelligent player. That can come out in the game. Overall I believe you will see more and more of Park.

"He is showing that he is at the level to play for Arsenal Football Club and certainly the goal will help him to gain confidence."

Wenger also reserved praise for fellow Carling Cup goalscorer Arshavin - whose fine display in a roving central role behind Park helped turn Tuesday's game on its head.

"I believe that he is more at ease now in a more central role because if he is on the flanks it is very physical and you have to defend a lot," he continued. "That's not always his strongest part in the game.

"You can see that in the future he can be a very influential player behind the striker. This guy is an absolutely top class player.

"You look at his assists and goals scored and he is always among the best. He can come on and have an impact, he can start and have an impact - Andrey is an impact player."

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