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Lucas Perez who? Fans left wondering as Arsenal close in on Deportivo La Coruna striker

Having searched for a striker to compliment Olivier Giroud up front all through the transfer window, Arsene Wenger may finally have found a solution to his problems in the shape of Lucas Perez

Ayush Chatterjee 26 August 2016, 7:23 PM
Lucas Perez: The Deportivo striker whom Arsenal want

Lucas Perez: The Deportivo striker whom Arsenal want Image: Getty

Arsene Wenger's agony has been out there for the world to see this year. After having missed out on a golden opportunity to win the Premier League last season for the want of a proven goalscorer, the Frenchman set out early on his quest to bring a forward to the club.

He triggered Jamie Vardy's release clause but the Leicester man had a change of heart.

He was stifled by the asking price of Gonzalo Higuain, who eventually moved to Juventus and was unconvinced with the talents of Alexandre Lacazette and Mauro Icardi.

Now, with less than week to go before deadline day, it seems Monsieur Wenger has found the 'top quality' he has been searching for. And it is Lucas Perez from Deprotivo La Coruna.

“Lucas who?” - We will tell you.

Lucas Perez Deportivo La Coruna

Lucas Perez is a 27-year-old Spanish forward who plies his trade with Deportivo La Coruna in Spain. Once a part of Atetico Madrid's youth academy, the Spaniard had played in Spain, Ukraine and Greece before rising to notable prominence with PAOK Athens.

In 2015, Perez moved permanently to La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna and notched up 17 goals in 36 appearances for them last season. This also includes a strike against Barcelona that helped his side hold the Blaugrana 2-2.

Perez, whose release clause is expected to be near the £17 million mark, is a late bloomer,  just like Jamie Vardy, Arsenal's first target.

Perez's style of play sees him use his pace to try and run behind defences and latch on to long passes. Arsenal, who have an embarrassment of riches in midfield, have plenty of passers in  Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey who could exploit the technical abilities he has along with his pace. Something Theo Walcott has been lacking dearly.

Perez could be deployed in a manner similar to the way France played at the Euro's, with Olivier Giroud holding the ball up to feed Perez instead of Greizmann, who will play on his heels. Not only can this system bring Arsenal goals through the middle, it will also allow Alexis Sanchez to move back to the left wing where can be at his lethal best.

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