Wenger's Korean fancy

Gunners chief praises Asian stars

Wenger: Likes look of Koreans

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on South Korean stars Park Ji-sung and Lee Chung-yong for their success in the Premier League.

Manchester United midfielder Park and Bolton Wanderers' Lee have shown that Asian players have the ability to shine in England.

This has prompted Wenger to take a closer look at some of the region's best players at the upcoming World Cup.

"I know that the Korean players in England are doing very well and of course it excites a little bit your curiosity," Wenger told AFP.

"The Korean players have done one important thing. There are very few Asian players who have made it in Europe and especially the Premier League but the Korean players look to adapt very well."

The Frenchman is no stranger to Asia's footballing talent having spent 18 months in Japan managing J-League outfit Nagoya Grampus Eight in the 1990s.

He signed Junichi Inamoto in 2001 but the Japan international failed to make an impact and left Arsenal the following season.

However, Wenger plans to use his time as a television analyst during the World Cup to cast his eye over potential signings.

"I will look at every single player I can find but I go more because I love football and it is a good opportunity for me to watch the games, the countries I like and the football I like as well, and to see the evolution of the game."