Arsenal confirm Perez signing
Arsenal confirm Perez signing

Arsenal have now officially confirmed the signing of Lucas Perez.

The Gunners met the £17.1m  buy-out clause to sign forward Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.

The 27-year-old scored 19 goals in all competitions, including 17 in the league. This included a spell when he scored seven goals in seven successive games, matching the record of former Brazilian striker Bebeto. He also scored in the opening game of this La Liga campaign, against Eibar.

Lucas began his career in Spain with Atletico Madrid C and then Rayo Vallecano. Spells with Karpaty Lviv in Ukraine and PAOK in Greece followed, before he returned to his home region of Galicia with Deportivo La Coruna in 2014.

Arsène Wenger said: “He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs. He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.