Arsene Wenger did end up signing a new striker for Arsenal in the summer transfer window, although it was in the last few days that Arsenal completed the transfer of Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna. The Spanish striker’s Arsenal career has not exactly got off to a flyer though, and perhaps the suggestion that he was a bit of a panic buy is true.
It certainly does not look like he was the manager’s first choice, as Arsenal made that early offer for the Leicester City and England star Jamie Vardy. Now it looks appears that Lucas was not the second choice of the Arsenal boss either, with the Evening Standard reporting the revelation by the Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis that the Gunners did try once more to sign the Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain.
Wenger had apparently already missed out on the same striker once before when he moved to the Serie A club from Real Madrid and just like that time, the reason we failed again this summer was the money involved. Hardly surprising when you consider the crazy money Juventus paid to sign him I suppose, but it does suggest that Lucas Perez was something of an afterthought and that the prof clearly wanted an upgrade on Olivier Giroud.