In the past few years, Wenger has been targeting young players for bargain fees. He managed to scoop several players that would turn out to be star quality, but most of them were just not good enough for Arsenal. Anyway, he has also signed already proven players, like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, among others, all who helped the team finish in top four. However, for a higher league position, Arsenal just needs more quality players, so the gaffer had to make a move during this transfer window.
Arsene has bought the Spaniard striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna for €20m to complement Oliver Giroud. Giroud has been on the first team for a few seasons now, but lacked consistency, and his ups and downs frequently frustrated the fans. While in La Coruna, Lucas scored 24 goals in 58 games; however, his last season was outstanding, scoring 17 times, and was also responsible for another 11 goals of his team. He is not only a goalscorer, but also possesses a great feel for the game, and is able to create a key chance for his teammates.
Instead of using only one up front, Wenger now has the possibility of fielding a more traditional 4-4-2 formation with two strikers, as he used to with Henry and Bergkamp. With such midfield magicians as Ozil, Cazorla, and Ramsey, and wingers like Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, Lucas Perez will not be short of quality balls toward him in the final third. The opposition defences will focus more on him than just on Giroud, and playing with two forwards could turn out to be beneficial for the Gunners.
However, the adaptation to the English style was a problem for some of the Spanish players in the past two decades. Lucas Perez was relatively unknown before his last year’s breakthrough at La Coruna, and change of scenario could be a stumbling block for the striker. Additionally, the €20 million price tag can add more pressure on him, but we will have to wait and see if he is up to it.
Lucas Perez started his career in Rayo Vallecano where spent two seasons, but only appeared in seven games, scoring one goal. He moved to Ukraine to join Karpaty in 2010, and his numbers improved, recording 15 goals and eight assists in 59 matches. PAOK noticed Perez’s potential and bought him for €700,000 in 2013. However, Lucas stayed only one season in Thessaloniki, but scored 12 goals and had 16 assists in 52 appearances for the Greek club. In July 2014, the journeyman was loaned to Deportivo La Coruna, and in 2015, the Branquiazuis brought him permanently for a fee of €1.5 million. Although he was a top performer in Galicia, El Depor sold him to Arsenal and earned more than ten times of sum they paid for Perez only a year ago.