Lucas Perez joined Arsenal this summer from Deportivo La Coruna, but their manager Arsene Wenger seems has concerns about him.
The Spanish striker started in the midweek 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest, and bagged his first two goals for the club during the match.
Following on from the match however, the Arsenal manager has revealed that despite his good performance, he is not overjoyed with his new stars reliance on his left boot.
Wenger said: ‘He did well. He’s quick, he’s determined.”
He added: ‘He uses well his left foot – a bit too much in my taste. He doesn’t use his right enough.
‘Overall he’s like all the left-footed players, you know.’
For me, the manager should have known all of this prior to his arrival at the Emirates Stadium. We were keeping a close eye on Islam Slimani, and I was certain that Joel Campbell’s loan deal to Sporting was to set up the striker’s move to us, but that theory was not proven right.
We’ve now ended up with Lucas Perez, and Wenger’s words assure me that he did not know enough about the 28 year-old, but that’s not to say that he cant play a role for us, and prove value for money no less.
Perez has already opened his account, thanks to a penalty, but went onto score a hard-earned second in the same match, and could now be in with a shot of starting against Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend, with Olivier Giroud still a doubt for the match-up.
I cant help but think that Wenger would have signed Slimani or Lacazette had he not been so reserved with the spending, and super-agent Mino Raiola may have hit the nail on the head, by claiming Wenger was scared of taking a risk.
Did Wenger fail to study Perez properly? Are we happy with his performances thus far?