Is Lucas (Perez) Arsenal’s new Lukas (Podolski)?

A case of two Lucas By SK

When Arsene Wenger announced the purchase of Lukas Poldoski in the summer of 2012, Arsenal fans were well convinced that Arsenal had finally got a striker who will take them to the Eldorado of football. Coming to Arsenal after a successful spell with FC Koln of Germany, they needed nobody to tell them how lucky they were to have purchased a world class striker.

Lukas Poldoski was born in Poland but choose to play for the German national team, for reasons best known to him. While at Arsenal, he made great impacts in the team; between 2012 to 2015, he appeared 60 times for Arsenal, scoring 19 goals in the process and mostly as a substitute. He was a very efficient goal poacher who always knew where the goal posts were! Man he had a powerful left foot, which he used to score breath taking goals.

Playing time was difficult to come by for Poldoski, Arsene Wenger probably was seeing what the fans didn’t see at that time but the fans were very much convinced that if he was given adequate playing time, he would have done greater things for the club. He left the club in 2015, first on loan to Inter Milan, then later on a permanent deal to Galatasaray.

Then just as if thunder was striking twice in the same place, the gods of football once again sent another Lucas to Arsenal, but this time around the Lucas is a Spanish international.

Lucas Perez, was born September 1988, in the city of A Coruna, he is a Spanish international who was bought during the last summer transfer window from Deportivo La Coruna, where he scored 17 goals in 36 appearances, for the sum of 17.1 million pounds. He made his premiership debut against Southampton on September 10, where he contributed with an assist. However, his first premiership goal was against Bournemouth in the 3-3 draw, last month.

He has delivered whenever called upon; he scored a hat-trick against FC Basel in the Champions League, scored a brace against Nottingham Forest in the EFL cup and several other goals. He has shown how deadly in front of the goal he can be. Just last night, he scored a goal against Sutton FC in the FA cup and his contribution in winning that game was spot on.

However, like Poldoski, Perez has found playing time hard to get! He has had to struggle for a first team shirt with Sanchez, Giroud, Walcott and Welbeck. Playing for a big club like Arsenal involves a lot of competition for playing spots but when a player shows how effective he can be when given an opportunity to play, it is only natural he is being allowed to play often. Already, his agent has come out to express his client’s displeasure over having difficulty in getting regular playing time and this could mean that Perez is seriously considering his options for next season – but whether he stays or leave Arsenal, depends on how much more playing time he can get. Mr Wenger, over to you!

Sylvester Kwentua


  1. Juhi McLovin says:

    Who knows maybe Wenger is so senile he think Lucas is actually Lukas still at Arsenal and refuses to play him 😀

  2. G-Rude says:

    Or maybe he decided to use the wealth of talent at his disposal and moved Alexis to the centre forward spot. Of course that was a senile thing to do as Sanchez is currently the Leagues top scorer.
    And maybe you are too senile or stupid to notice the good things that come out of Wenger’s decision-making!

    1. Juhi McLovin says:

      Well sunshine you were easily triggered!

    2. Ozzy AFC says:

      Yeah… all those “good things” he’s done for us in the last ten years….are you Gazidis in disguise?
      Sanchez wants out, we’re out of ECL again in the last 16, ozil is sooooooo disinterested it hurts and the team as a whole have blown it …yet again !!!!
      Good things?????
      ONLY if your Ivan gazidis OR Stan Kroenke…so which one are you ?

  3. Disturbance says:

    I think I saw his decision making and it’s results against Chelsea and Bayern. Need I say more?

  4. SoOpa AeoN says:

    YES!!!!……….. Wenger hates Lucases….especially if you are L.Ps
    Lukas podolski
    Lucas Perez

    1. muda says:

      and then there was lucas fabianski.

  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    work your socks off and p*ss off wenger!
    Thats how he Loves it…

  6. NY_Gunner says:

    Seems most of you have either not seen Podolski play, or are takin the P***
    Dude had zero pace, zero work rate and defended like Xhaka…Was tried a couple few times as CF, but found it overwhelming. If anything, I blame AW for puttin up with him for so long.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Agreed, his game had one thing that he done well, a powerful shot. I don’t get when Arsenal fans know we lack work ethic, grit and determination, but will still big up our biggest culprits. Podolki was a liability plain and simple. Himself, Arshavin and Mesut in the same line up the stuff of my nightmares.

  7. Twig says:

    Lucas Podolski. The best left foot to ever play for Arsenal!

  8. Pablo Picaso says:

    OT: That Mbappe kid, I see why Wenger talked about him. Monaco don’t sale cheap definitely, how about a swap deal involving want away Lucas or we trade with Ox who’s contract talks seem to have gone quiet.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      We won’t get him now. I’d love if we’d outbid everyone to make it happen but it won’t happen. I think city will get him, Pep is going for young quick future stars so that’s where I see him heading.

  9. Jansen says:

    For me, Lucas should play every game. He is employable on both wings and in the center.

    I would start him either on the left wing or on the right wing, with Sanchez in the middle.

    He edges both Iwobi and Walcott IMO in terms of goal threat. He also has a good eye for an assist and is more of fighter and physical player than Iwobi and Walcott. I can only image what 10 games alongside Sanchez could have done for those two.

    He clearly has not gotten an honest chance. Makes you wonder what went wrong or why we spend 17 million on a guy who has barely been involved for 12% of Arsenal’s minutes played in the PL.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Keep wondering dude…

      1. Break-on-through says:


      2. Jansen says:

        @NY_Gunner – I can recommend it. Don’t be afraid to try it sometime. It’s good for the brain and better for the ego than simply concluding. Don’t do it too often though otherwise there is little point being on here (other than name calling or judging others of course).

  10. georgie b says:

    Some things I just don’t understand. We could have Alexis, Danny and L.Perez as a very potent scoring team.

    Add OG, Ozil, Theo and the young players show so much promise.

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