Arsenal confirm Lucas Perez signing

Lucas Perez

Lucas Perez is a gooner

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.

The 27-year-old striker’s arrival was confirmed by the Gunners this afternoon.

Perez scored 19 goals in all competition last season, including 17 in 36 La Liga games.

He started the 2016/17 campaign in similar form, finding the net against Eibar in Deportivo’s season opener.

Discussing his new signing, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger indicated that Perez had been signed for his assists as much as his goals.

He told the club’s official website: “He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs. He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”

The deal had been widely expected, with Wenger having confirmed over the weekend that Perez had passed a medical ahead of his transfer.

Perez started his career in Madrid with the reserve teams of Atletico Madrid and then Rayo Vallecano. He moved to Ukraine to join Karpaty Lviv and later moved to Greece with PAOK in Greece. He returned to his native region of Galicia with Deportivo – initially on loan – in 2014.

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