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July 2021

Exclusive: What is holding up the Higuain transfer, and how Arsenal are planning to resolve matters.

By Tony Attwood

Chosun Media in South Korea are reporting that Park Chu-young will be released by Arsenal this summer, having completed his loan to Celta de Vigo last season, and will be used as part of the transfer arrangement with Real Madrid over Higuain.

Park is currently completing a month of combat training at an Army boot camp — his only obligation to the country after he was exempted from military service when he helped Korea win its first Olympic football medal, a bronze, in the London Summer Olympics last year.

However as Arsenal History Society reports in its article on Park, he  already had this exemption obtained during the period when he was due to be transferred from Monaco to Lille.   The transfer broke down at the last moment as a 10 year residency permit for the EU was obtained – meaning he could play in England (which has stricter rules of non-EU citizens working than France does).  Arsenal duly picked him up.

But now the Chosun Ilbo in South Korea reports that rumours are circulating that Arsenal are trying to offload several players including Park in part-exchange for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain.

That is one transfer rumour that I don’t think anyone in the UK based blogs has picked up on.   You really ought to read the Korean press guys!

Would Real Madrid want him?  He played for Celta Vigo last season, and helped them just avoid relegation, although he failed to show up for the last game (for which he was injured.)

His six appearances for Arsenal (two as a sub) tell its own tale.  Maybe Real Madrid don’t want him, and maybe that is what the delay is all about.  That’s what they are saying in Korea anyway, and given the average quality of rumours in this country, I’d say that meets the current standard for being publishable.

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47 comments to Exclusive: What is holding up the Higuain transfer, and how Arsenal are planning to resolve matters.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Maybe we should offer them the best striker of the world also?

  • B=====D

    What a load of bull. Why the heck would Madrid need Park for ? to make Kimchi for the team ? Or maybe to teach them Korean so they can score some K-pop chicks ?

  • elkieno

    I blame all this on you Tony, sorry to say it but you jinxed the transfer by publishing an article that we have signed him!
    This always happens to us, granted nothing has happened but that is the problem why can other clubs sign em up quickly but not us?
    Is it a case of rustiness or not knowing how to go about these transfers?
    Maybe try researching an article on other signings that big clubs have done with Madrid, maybe they all take ages. He is a great player and they probably don’t want to get rid but tell us please! By ‘us’ I don’t mean All of us just me. I won’t tell anyone I promise but I need to know! Every morning I wake up and check the latest arsenal news, every day!

  • The font

    I am never pessimistic but when you look at madrids squad and then you look at what we are trying to get rid of unless they are looking for hot dog venders there can not be any truth in the report

  • adam t

    Think we should invest in some brown envelopes 🙂

  • don

    I live in Monza near Milan and believe me Flamini has not made the grade in Milan AC. Taking him back for sentimental reasons is the wrong way to go about signing on players. If he was any good, Milan would not be selling. However, I agree with Elkieno when he asks why it takes such a long time for Arsenal to sign on players they want. If they want Higuain or Rooney or Suarez so badly, then open the purse strings and pull out the money – even more than the asking price. If they are as good as they are cooked up to be, Arsenal will soon get their money back by winning things. Wenger is hanging on because he is convinced that Giroud is the real McCoy, but he was also convinced by Bendtner and Chamak. Go and buy something real, and quick, because soon there will be no-one left except the also rans.

  • Bootoomee

    Thanks Don!

    Arsene Wenger, spend the damn money. You heard Don, we’ll make the money back by winning things! Everybody knows that spending money guarantees trophies. Besides all trophies bring in good prize money. I mean look at the league cup and the Europa – great money machines! People are unbelievable.

    Tony, see what you’ve caused? I still think you should have sat on that Higuain story. Now, this is all Untold does now. It’s irritating as hell. Can we some articles on our ACTUAL players?

  • Gunner

    I can’t believe Madrid would want Park or that Arsenal would even have the balls to offer him to them!

    I hope the Anti-Arsenal media don’t pick up on this ‘story’, you can almost imagine it now “Wenger offers Madrid flop Park and a can of magic beans for Higuain” lol

  • Tony

    £70 million to spend. Total spent to date £0. Tour starts tomorrow. So much for preseason with new players. Once again for reasons we cannot understand the money is not being spent. Just like last season the Internet is awash with rumours that never materialise. Players having medicals but never sign. Is the club not ambitious enough anymore to attract the top names? Perhaps we need to get David Dein back as we didn’t seem to have this problem when he was around?

  • scraping the bottom of the barrel with this post Tony tut tut

  • ARSENAL 13


    The actual thing is that we have offered them Park+money for Higuaín. But Real want more. They want money+Park+Chamak+Arshavin. Now that Arshavin is off to Zenit the deal is, well, hung.

    There are also rumors that Arsenal is going to up their offer money+Park+Santos. May be this will get Real to the table. And MrLaw can work his magic from there on..

    Now I know why they call it Silly Season.

  • Peter Uzoetue

    This article is a complete bulls**t. Arsenal should once be serious.

  • Solomon

    It is heart breaking as an Arsenal supporter to be hoping for same thing every season. When did we become a laughing stuff like all these transfer saga? Can the board be honest with the supporters for once. If we don’t have money to buy, we will understand. But the board cannot tell us about heavy transfer funds but as at 10 July when we are preparing for pre-season, we have only managed to get a player on free transfer. Another question is that are we honestly in a position to attract top players? Look at the issue of Julio Ceaser, the goal keeper will cost around 2m but we have not even make a move yet. The guy will give us a good protection at the back and our current keepers can learn a lot from him. This mediocrity must stop and we must act like a big English club that we are know as.

  • Bergkamp

    I heard Madrid would only sanction the deal if we included Gunnersaurus, but our noble mascot is unhappy with their past links with fascist dictators and is refusing to budge, no matter how many euros they throw at him.

    Arsenal are now trying to get the deal over the line by offering the loud lady supporter who always slowly sings “Come on you Gunners” when everyone else is quiet

  • bjtgooner

    Perhaps Madrid cannot understand Korean – we need an interpreter – maybe Eboue?

    Seriously guys lets be patient.

  • Bootoomee


    You are advising us to be patient. Are you kidding? It is already July 10th! All the good players have been sold. We are going to be left with dregs as usual. Then we’ll not win trophies again as usual. AAAAHHHHHHAAAAA!!!!!

    If I don’t get confirmation of a £30 million+ player being signed by the end of the week, I’m going to start cutting myself again (or anything as painful and stupid).

  • Mandy Dodd

    Think it is actually more complicated than that , have heard they want both Park and Chamakh, just being greedy if you ask me!
    Some blogs are reporting the reality is that Madrid have yet to source a replacement and have upped a previously agreed fee by a few million. The likes of Falcao, cavani, and tho a different player , bale have all been missed out on. Leaves Suarez or Rooney amongst very few others, remember Perez wants to be president again so he needs stellar signings. Suarez Rooney…. Anyone see a connection?
    We are now going after much bigger transfers from bigger teams, they are harder to get than prev targets so patience is needed.

  • Adam

    Well I think its a great ploy to let North Korea know that the EU’s deadliest weapon in its Arsenal is on their doorstep training.

    Real Mad recognise this and want one of their own?

  • Gooner S

    I saw Park play for Celta Vigo last year. He was very poor. My view is that the part exchange piece of that story from the Korean press is hogwash. Why on earth would Madrid want Park or any of our other fringe players?

    @Bootoomee “All of the good players have been sold”…..Are you kidding? Who exactly other than Falcao to Monaco?

  • k9ine

    I really do not understand all these pessimism with respect to the coming season. We finished last term with about 17 players which will form our core. We have rid ourselves of players who r not contributing. We have gaps in d squad that MUST be filled. Signings MUST come. Any signing at all will be an improvement taking into consideration d fact that those leaving contributed nothing. Let’s give the boss a break pls. Something good Is coming.

  • WalterBroeckx

    I wonder if the name of the paper Chosun is indicating that it is the Korean version of the Sun?

  • let us try to be realistic the arsenals for once, Surez has given us a go ahead by accepting our transfer request then what are we waiting for lets go for it wenger.

  • Bootoomee

    Gooner S,

    @Bootoomee “All of the good players have been sold”…..Are you kidding? Who exactly other than Falcao to Monaco?

    The answer to your question is yes, I am kidding.

    Please read my comment again. I have decided to stop engaging anyone seriously on this matter. All I do now is mock the moaners and speculators. It’s what keeps me sane.

  • Bootoomee


    I cannot agree with you more.

  • Mike

    At first the thought of Park to Real Madrid seems ludicrous, but Real could be considering the opportunity to sell shirts in S Korea?

  • withwengerwerust

    Wnger is a liar. No proven striker will land at afc. That does not make sense 30m for suarez, who has a long term suspension. On the other hand 23m is too much for Hugain.Wenger will bring in a cheap youngster with a lot of potential. Then he will moan and kick bottles when arsenal will be losing matches, the damn economist.

  • Mick

    ‘All I do now is mock the moaners and speculators. It’s what keeps me sane.’
    You will have enjoyed the comment from withwengerwerust then. Plenty of scope for a good mocking in his comments to preserve your sanity.

  • Shakabula Gooner

    I heard from very reliable sources that Mr. Wenger, being a teetotaler, failed to include a case of Mr. Perez’s favorite wine in the initial transfer package offered. That thoroughly annoyed Mr. Perez who expected Mr. Wenger to be French enough to understand such Mediterranean hospitality requirement…. Now, Arsenal is looking to call in Mr. Dein to rescue the deal.
    I was also reliably informed that Mr. Wenger should thank his lucky stars he wasn’t negotiating with the Italian AC Milan as word on the street is that their goodwill gift expectations have been known to include sponsoring bunga-bunga belly dancing sessions.

  • Kenneth Widmerpool

    @Bergkamp–that cracked me up about the Gunnersaurus!

  • LRV

    Tony / Walter, I want to change my email address. So from now on I’ll only try to post from the new email address. I just want you to take note.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Guys ! Guys ! Take a break and have a laugh or two!

    Japanese scientists have created a camera with a shutter speed so fast, they can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.
    Damn!If only they can find a way to shut the AAA the f*ck up!

    After years of research, scientists have discovered what makes women happy. Nothing.
    And the AAA will be happy with ….?

    Did you hear about the fat, alcoholic transvestite – All he wanted to do was eat, drink and be Mary..

    Which leads to the inevitable ……

    And with tears streaming down my face I swore I’d never visit another Thai Brothel!!!

    “Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you.. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.”

    Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

  • Adam


    This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation between the British and the Irish, off the coast of Kerry, Oct 98. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-01:

    IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South, to avoid a collision.

    BRITISH: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North, to avoid a collision.

    IRISH: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

    BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

    IRISH: Negative. I say again. You will have to divert YOUR course.


    IRISH: We are a lighthouse. Your call.

    (this is a wind up just so people know).

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Nice ,Adam , reminded me of a joke along the same lines.
    A government official goes to a farm and tells the owner that he is there to do an inspection .The farmer shrugs but says, “Do whatever you want ,but stay out of that field .”
    The official is incensed at this and takes out his authority card and flashes it very near the farmer’s face and screams at him ,” Do you see this ? Do you know what this is ? This authority cards gives me the right to go wherever I want and check whatever I want !”
    The farmer again shrugs and goes on his way , leaving the official to do his duty.Some time later the farmer hears screaming coming from the field and he rushes over.
    He sees the man being chased by his massive ,enraged giant bull which is closing in on him .The man is white with fear and screaming at the top his lungs for help .
    The farmer tells the snotty official ,”Show him your authority card ! Show him you card !”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    The Tax Man

    You will just love this, I did. anyway..

    At the end of the tax year, the Inland Revenue office sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital.

    While the agent was checking the books he turned to the Accountant of the Hospital and said, “I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do you do with the end of the roll when there’s too little left to be of any use?”

    “Good question,” noted the Accountant. “We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every now and then they send us a free box of bandages.”

    “Oh,” replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer.

    But on he went, in his obnoxious way. “What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what’s left over after setting a cast on a patient?”

    “Ah, yes,” replied the Hospital Accountant, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. “We save it and send it back to the manufacturer, and every now and then they send us a free package of plaster.”

    “I see,” replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all Accountant.

    “Well,” he went on, “What do you do with all the leftover foreskins from the circumcisions you perform?”

    “Here, too, we do not waste,” answered the Accountant. “What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the Inland Revenue Office, and about once a year they send us a complete prick!”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    And this the last from me for tonight .
    A Rabbi who had been doing circumcisions ,finally retired .He had saved all the foreskins and decided that he would make a souvenir out of all those leftovers .
    He gave it all to a cobbler and ask him to stitch it into an
    appropriate gift for him .
    A few days later he came back to collect his life’s work. He was visibly disappointed when he saw that the cobbler had only made him a wallet with all that skins.
    The cobbler reassured the Rabbi and told him not to be worried
    and that if he stroked it ,it would turn into a suitcase!

  • Adam


    A Charlotte NC man having purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars then insured them against fire among other things. Within a month having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the man stated the cigars were lost “in a series of small fires.”

    The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued….and won!

    In delivering the ruling the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The Judge stated nevertheless, that the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be “unacceptable fire,” and was obligated to pay the claim.

    Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000.00 to the man for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the “fires.”


    After the man cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000.00 fine.

    This is a true story and was the 1st place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Darwin Award Contest.

  • Adam

    Be careful what you wear (or don’t wear), when working under your vehicle … especially in public.

    From the Morning Herald, Sydney Australia comes this story of a central west couple who drove their car to K-Mart only to have their car break down in the parking lot.

    The man told his wife to carry on with the shopping while he fixed the car there in the lot.

    The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection she saw a pair of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned his private parts into glaringly public ones.

    Unable to stand the embarrassment she dutifully stepped forward, quickly put her hand UP his shorts and tucked everything back into place.

    On regaining her feet she looked across the hood and found herself staring at her husband who was standing idly by.

    The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his head.

  • para

    Same thing that is holding up Manu-Ronaldo, Manu-Thiaggo, Manu-Lewandowski, Chelsea-Lewandowski, Chelsea-Rooney, ManC-Lewandowski and the other potential top transfers.
    Prepare for a big flurry as the time gets shorter to end of transfer window.

  • Linz

    Jovetic is going to Man City and apparently Real are using Higuain as part of a swap deal with PSG for Ibra.Real are also putting in a 40 mill bid for Suarez.Now all this might be BS,but if these transfers happen,where does this leave Arsenal?Sorry but Arsenal’s dithering in the transfer market is amateurish at best.Other clubs seem to get their business done with no problems.At Arsenal transfers tend to be a drama,but this summer, with Ivan briefing the press about our new “ambition” and financial muscle, there will be a lot of very upset fans if the new arrivals consist of Gareth flippin Barry and Yaya Sanogo. Heres hoping this isn’t the case.

  • Stuart

    Sorry but other clubs are not getting their transfer business sorted early, pretty much nothing has happened yet.

  • Rupert Cook

    @Bootoome, you seem to have a pathological hatred of trophies. Are you a Spuds supporter? Anyway don’t worry we won’t be winning any trophies for a while.

    There’ll be signings. Maybe not the ones we want but the ones Wenger wants. Don’t forget that Gazidis said that Wenger doesn’t always do what anyone expects. We may be pleasantly surprised.

  • Bootoomee

    Rupert Cook,

    You seem to have a maniacal desperation for trophies. Do you need them in place of your empty personal achievement?

    Your spud accusation is retarded and not worthy of a response, moron.

    Go on and yammer away about which players you want the club to sign to win you your desperately needed trophies (as if there is any such guarantee), but I’ll stay with the club, trophies or no trophies. Arsenal is my team. A trophy, any trophy will make me extremely happy but unlike you, I don’t need one to justify my love for the club.

    Now, fuck off asshole.

  • Rupert Cook

    @Bootoome, ha,ha. You sir are a prize idiot. You make assumptions about people constantly. I have supported the club through plenty of non trophy spells, never really bothered me as I knew that there were more important things in life. So trophies don’t justify my love for the club. You really need to calm down and stop making rash judgments about people whom you know nothing about.

    I have no worries about who we’ll sign. If you read any of my posts I think you’ll find I’m not interested in transfer gossip. I’ll be happy with a few new faces, whoever they may be. If none arrive, which I doubt, then fine, we’ll probably have another exciting scrap for fourth. I forgot, we do have Sanogo and maybe he’ll be the next Henry and that’ll be enough. You never know.

  • Bootoomee

    Rupert Cook,

    From everything that I have read from you on this site, your 10.36am comment is a complete 180 degrees turnaround.

    Besides, you either have the memory of a gnat or you have no self awareness whatsoever. You cannot write:

    “@Bootoome, you seem to have a pathological hatred of trophies. Are you a Spuds supporter?”

    And then accuse others of “making assumptions about other people constantly”

    Pot calling kettle black!

    I have no interest in engaging someone of your mental and emotional capacity in a debate. I don’t pick on kids. But unless I am having a go at you, stay clear of me. This is an Internet forum, you don’t need to make any effort to ignore me.

    Your dishonesty shone through in that 10.36am comment. You wrote so reasonably, like a gentle nuanced soul who is being misunderstood/picked on by the bully. We both know that is not who you are based on your postings on this site, at least. Those who are not familiar with you may be hoodwinked but I don’t think any regular would.

    Unlike you though, I don’t change or temper my long held positions just to win an argument or get the sympathy of bystanders.

    Finally, we both don’t get along and this is why no matter how strongly I feel about your post, I leave you alone. Kindly treat me with the same courtesy. I hope that is not too much to ask.

  • Rupert Cook

    You do make assumptions constantly about others or do you not recall your previous posts?

    It’s a blog, that’s all. Calling people rude names merely shows you up for the intellectual minnow you are. Calling you a prize idiot is mild in return.

    You’re not bullying me, I never thought you were, though you do come across as a nasty thug.

    Anyway I don’t really care what you think, to ignore you would certainly be a pleasure and let’s make that a rule shall we? I won’t comment on you and you can ignore me.

    Now I shall return to a far more edifying debate on films and books which you are welcome to join in, although we’ll have to ignore each other’s comments on such matters.

  • weedonald

    Ohoh….usual spat between Rupert and Boottoomee…it must be silly season in all things AFC!

    To those slagging Wenger and the Club/Board because they haven’t gotten any Xmas presents early this year here are a few rhetorical questions:

    1)How many EPL or international transfers have any of you overseen or arranged (other than FFM)?

    2)Why are no other clubs mentioned in your blind rants about AFC’s slow negotiations and tardy ambitions?

    3)Where do obtain all this very spurious and unbelievable ¨news¨ about our supposed transfer progress and negotiations? From Caughtoffside, LeGrove, the Telepgraph or some other equally BS sources?

    4)Why should Wenger,Gazidis or our scouting network care the slightest about what some emotionally distraught Gooners want or whine about? This isn’t amateur hour at your local pub, this is multi-million pound, delicate and easily perturbed negotiations….leave the professional work to our AFC pros and stick to supporting the Club!

    As many posters have already stated here, I recommend everyone take a deep breath, sit back and relax….like the mill of the Gods, Wenger works exceedingly slowly but eceeedingly well!

  • Rupert Cook

    1. Thousands and only a couple on FFM, the Federation of Female Mammaries.

    2. Plain and mint but my favourite are the orange ones.

    3. The Beano and old copies of Nuts.

    4. Because Gazidis and Wenger love us. They tell us so every transfer window.

    And it’s Mr.Kipling who works exceedingly well by making exceedingly good cakes. Mr.Wenger tries to make fizzy water by violently shaking still bottles of water by the side of the pitch before he rushes off to Wee McDonalds for a big chamakh with fries.

    It is the silly season after all.