Lucas Perez

Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Wenger praises two-goal Perez as Arsenal rolls Nottingham Forest

Leave a comment

Lucas Perez has his first two Arsenal goals after striking twice in the Gunners’ 4-0 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

The $22 million man arrived from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer transfer window, and showed a very deft touch to go with a bulldog run for his second goal.

[ MORE: EFL Cup roundup ]

The showing left manager Arsene Wenger quite impressed, with his only critique being that the left footer uses his left foot a lot.

From Arsenal.com:

“I liked his second goal because it was not only technique but it was determination, to fight for the ball and finish, I liked as well the part he played in the goal of Oxlade-Chamberlain because it shows that he can combine with other people and that he is an intelligent player.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Granit Xhaka also scored for Arsenal in the road win, with USMNT prospect Gedion Zelalem subbing on for the final 7 minutes.

Next up for the Gunners: a Saturday afternoon visit from Chelsea.

Arsenal reportedly set for $69 million double Friday buy

Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Arsene Wenger‘s much-maligned transfer business is about to take the “much” off the verb.

Lucas Perez of Deportiva de la Coruna is reportedly going to be joining Arsenal on Friday, and the Gunners are also close to finally landing Valencia center back Shkodran Mustafi.

[ MORE: Bundesliga season primer ]

Perez, 27, broke out for a career-best 17 goals last season, and scored on debut last weekend. He’s set to cost $22.5 million, while Mustafi makes up the other $46.5 million.

The 12-times capped German center back stands 6-foot, and would bring stability to a Gunners unit which has (again) been beset by injuries.

From the BBC:

Spaniard Lucas, 27, scored 17 goals in 37 games last season and Arsenal will meet a 20m euro (£17.1m) buyout clause.

Germany international Mustafi, 24, is set to join for a fee in excess of £35m.

Is this, coupled with the Granit Xhaka buy, enough to help Wenger right the ship? Mustafi, especially, would be a key piece. Perez is a bit of a lesser-known quality.