Arsenal fans can heave a sigh of relief as the club finally announced the £17m signing of Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna on a 4-year contract. The uncapped Spanish 27-year-old scored 17 goals in 37 games for Deportivo last season following his move from Greek side PAOK. Many Arsenal fans were worried about signing a player they barely knew about and after a summer of high-profile pursuits, a £17m transfer value in today’s crazy market raised doubts over the player’s effectiveness and the scale of the singing.
However, Arsenal seem confident about their new recruit and the fans after a flurry of Youtube videos later are seemingly satisfied with the signing. By their standards, Arsenal have been busy in this window as Wenger has dropped his stubborn stand a wee bit and actually looked to address the recurring issues plaguing the team every season. They started off positively in the market with the signing of Granit Xhaka as they looked to shore up their midfield and add more steel and verve to it. But things slowed down considerably after that and the signing of Rob Holding did nothing to appease the supporters.
On top of that, they were at the receiving end of a 4-3 goal fest against Liverpool which was followed by a yawn fest at Leicester. With calls for recruitments growing louder, Wenger eventually decided to act which was a welcome change from summer-long practice where the club were repeatedly reaching the stage of initial interest in every player and then doing nothing about it. And through reports and revealing press conferences, it was deduced that Lucas Perez and Mustafi would be imminently joining the club to bolster the attack and defence respectively. With spirits soaring after the developments allied with the return to first team action of the likes of Ozil, it was celebratory time as they outclassed Watford 3-1 in their 3rd match.
Lucas Perez will look to challenge Giroud for a role up top but he will certainly take the field with huge expectations on his shoulders with the Gooners thirsty for trophies and a striker who can show a semblance of consistency week-in-week-out.
Twitterati had some interesting advice and words for him. We look at few of them.
— Kylo Ren (@Rhys_Mayes) August 30, 2016
— Daley (@DaleyAFC) August 30, 2016
— SYN (@SYNCRED) August 30, 2016
— Lil Paulo Vert (@_paulinhojc_) August 30, 2016
— محمد العمر #Arsenal (@iMohammedSO) August 30, 2016
Nice to have a quick striker who knows his trade, but please let’s not hype him too much. Let him find his own rhythm.
— Freddy Dennis (@ArsenalBlogz) August 30, 2016