Park had been given permission to leave Monaco this summer following their relegation from Ligue 1, and Lille were close to finalising a deal. However, it emerged over the weekend that Arsenal had jumped to the front of the queue to sign the South Korea international. A transfer to the Emirates Stadium has still not been confirmed, but it is expected to go through before Wednesday night's deadline. The 26-year-old's representative, Maurizio Morana, has now revealed exactly what happened to change his client's mind. "We could not imagine what happened. On Friday, Arsenal contacted Monaco to know if an agreement had been found with Lille about a transfer," Morana told France Football. "As it was not the case, Arsenal started to negotiate, then asked to contact the player. "Could you imagine how a player from Monaco could refuse such a club? "As he should come back to his native Korea later in 2013 for military duties, this could be his last contract in Europe. "When Arsene Wenger directly calls a player and asks him to join Arsenal, it is difficult to refuse." Morana also rejected suggestions that Park's conduct demonstrated a lack of respect to Lille. "We are sorry for the Lille officials who acted in a very professional way, but I can't agree when I hear Park has no sense of morals," the agent stated. "There is no link with moral sense or honour, it is only football."