Lucas Perez inspired by Arsenal but can he break number 9 curse?

The last Arsenal player to wear the number nine shirt that has now been handed to our new striker signing was the Germany international Lukas Podolski. Even though there is some debate about whether he was given a fair crack of the whip by Arsene Wenger, it is fair to say that his Arsenal career was not the success that we or the forward would have hoped.

And it is fair to say that Lucas Perez is not going to be wearing a number that has been particularly bathed in glory in recent years, with Arsenal flops Francis Jeffers (the fox in the box), Julio Baptista and Park Chu-Young all having worn it, so let us hope that the Spaniard breaks this mould and make our number nine a shirt to be feared by opposing defenders once more.

Lucas Perez certainly sounds like he is in the moos to do just that and he seems genuinely delighted to be coming to north London to play with what he describes in an Evening Standard report as being some of the best in the world.

For a striker it must feel good to know that you will have the most creative player in Europe’s top league from last season supplying you with ammunition to fire and as well as Mesut Ozil the former Deportivo La Coruna star is looking forward to playing with his fellow countryman Santi Cazorla.

The 26-year old said, “It’s very exciting. To play with the best, to compete with the best… It makes me very happy.

“It’s a challenge, and if someone had told me at ten years old when I was playing in the streets of La Coruna, I would have thrown them off a bridge, I’d have said ‘you’re crazy’.

“It is one of the best clubs in the world.

“I’m looking forward to playing in European competitions, fighting for the title, earning an international call-up, growing as a player and sharing a dressing room with Olivier Giroud, Santi [Cazorla], [Mesut] Ozil.

“I’m proud to be doing that having been at Deportivo.

“I’ll be an example for many kids here by going to a big team like Arsenal, hopefully, I’ll serve as an example for kids to do even better than me.”

That is a great attitude to have but will it help him to grace the number nine shirt like an Eduardo or Anelka rather than a Jeffers?


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  1. Ramos says:

    I’ve got a good feeling about this guy, something tells me he will be a bargain. Hey guys! I am new here.

    1. Arsenal007 says:

      Welcome @Ramos… and I completely agree with you on that. I have a feeling that Lucas will be a hit for Arsenal…as well as Holding.

  2. mobaygunner says:

    If you’re a good player numbers dont matter…u take a number and make it ur own put ur name backing him to succeed here..welcome home bruh…COYG

  3. Zimbo gunner says:

    I foresee Lucas being used more in games where we are looking to counter-attack more, such as man utd away and chelsea away. We will probably use giroud more at home as teams generally like to park the bus against us and we will need a target in the box

  4. John Legend says:

    I hope he does well for us, that is something that could make a difference this season

  5. Wilshegz says:

    Whatever happens, Arsenal’s hope of the title this season rest on his shoulders to meet xpectation and be the Vardy we should have signed.

  6. ButtFlaps says:

    You can do it LUKE PEREZ!!!

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Rob Schneider.

  7. RSH says:

    We should resign Overmars. Watching the Legend match

  8. FCL says:

    We got Lucas Perez, I have faith in him and I hope he is the striker we need, but I wonder if it was a good deal indeed…

    Just comparing some other strikers that were signed by other clubs:

    Vincent Janssen
    J. Calleri
    Wissam Ben Yedder
    Lucas Vietto
    Mario Gomes
    Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol)
    Gabriel Jesus
    Breel Embolo

    These were ALL available strikers that were signed by other clubs. I’m not even considering Ibra and Higuain…

  9. Break-on-through says:

    We tried to sign Perez last January, so much for the lazy panic buy sloganeering, led by the laziest of all ..DT.

  10. Uzi Ozil says:

    Lucas Perez will do well. I have a positive feeling about him. Reminds me of Wiltord. They came to light at their late 20’s. Perez is hungry and he wants to give his all. In as much as we wanted an A list striker, I m happy we got Perez still. I do watch LA liga and saw some games Deportivo played. All the best Perez. Show us what we got

  11. Arsenal_Girl says:

    forget the number 9 curse
    Perez will do great to avoid the Arsenal Injury curse

    If Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Xhaka, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud, Perez can avoid major injuries that would be awesome

    We can handle minor injuries ie 1-3 weeks because we finally have a complete team so we have two decent players in every position to back them up

    GK: Cech/Ospina
    RB: Bellerin/Debuchy
    LB: Monreal/Gibbs
    CB: Koscielny, Mustafi, Mert, Gabs
    DM/B2B: Xhaka, Cazorla, Coquelin, Ramsey
    CAM: Ozil/Cazorla
    LW: Alexis/Perez
    RW: Alexis/Walcott/Ox
    Striker: Giroud/Perez

    Last season injuries to Cazorla and Coquelin hit us really hard, now we have reinforced with Xhaka
    Also Giroud and Theo didn’t perform, now we have reinforced with Perez

    1. jonm says:

      The other problem last season was that when welbeck came back he was good, scored two critical match winning goals, then got injured again.

  12. Compton says:

    I think Lucas Perez will do very well and may even finish the season as our top goal scorer (Alexis may have something to say about that). Arteta and Santi came here in their late 20s as well and both are/were very good for us. Perez will have similar impact.

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