Lucas Pérez


#964

I dunno about Podolski as a striker. He had done well there for Köln the season previous but that’s a massively different style of play/situation and for us he did indeed look pretty out of place at CF the few times he played there. Not sure he really had the movement/instincts of a striker, especially in a system where your team is on the front foot and facing a lower block.

The Alexis one is the one that just doesn’t make sense for me. One half against Everton. This season he tried him there by accident really, it worked, and he’s gone off it for who knows why. So weird when it’s so much easier to find a real good wide attacking player than it is to find someone who can perform as Alexis did at CF this season. And when Iwobi is already a superior player to Giroud/Welbeck. I wonder if Alexis wasn’t happy at CF? I think it’s just Wenger bullshit honestly, but have to at least suggest the possibility.

Lucas I don’t really care about, he may or may not have been able to play at CF given more time but once Alexis was there it was kinda irrelevant.


#965

Yeh man, I agree with a lot of this, our CF options really are destroying my love for the game atm. At the very least Alexis brought a little excitement to the position even if he did drop deep too much.

Welbeck just seems to be constantly conforming to his national heritage, and Giroud, like you said, he takes an eternity to strike a fucking ball if it isn’t his first touch.

I know we joke about the likes of basic CF’s like Austin but goddamn I genuinely think Defoe would have been an immediate improvement for us in the last few years. People consistently praise Giroud yet negate the fact he’s playing in-front of perhaps the greatest creator in the world.


#966

Revisionism here, Podolski and Arshavin as a 9 just didn’t work. Alexis as a 9 saw him play 1 man champs leaving the opposition penalty area vacated.


#967

Lucas’s agent is quoted in this article saying that he has spoken to Arsenal about Lucas’s desire to leave and that Arsenal said they wouldn’t put up any obstacles to that happening. I imagine he’ll go back to Spain for a fee similar to what we paid.

Its frustrating that Wenger never gave him a chance. But at this point we might as well just recoup the fee and spend it on someone younger that he actually rates.


#968

Shame but at least he got an FA Cup winners medal.

Best of luck back in Spain Lucas


#969

He was doomed from the moment you got over excited about us signing him. You should write him an apology tbh.


#970

He was doomed the moment he was given the number 9 shirt. Such a shame considering when he did play, he contributed with some really decent goals and assists. Just seemed like a classic Wenger panic buy in the end, without really knowing what to do with him.


#971

This is what people want to think. A fantasy story.


#972

That’s actually Wenger thinking he can win the league when he couldn’t even beat Leicester to it!! :joy:

@Castiel

Lol ffs if he was given a chance by Wenger he had have done well for us. I stand by it


#973

his year wasn’t wasted because at least he got to go to harry potter world


#974

I’m not going to pretend I care. He should have got more chances but he didn’t and he won’t so meh.


#975

not sure what relevance that first bit has


#976

His signing was good on a personal level as he’s got what his first and possibly last piece of silverware?

Should be allowed to leave and play regularly, I liked him and it’s a shame Wenger never took a fancy to him.

Should be replaced by the “top, top quality” Wenger has been banging on about since singing da ting but I won’t hold my breath.


#977

Haha an unknown entity from Spain was never going to be given a fair chance over Wenger bff’s like Theo and GIroud. The sooner we get the latter two out of the club the better. It is a shame for the bloke we genuinely wasted a prime year of his limited career.

Least he got to go to that Harry Potter park.


#978

Very bizzare sort of signing considering Wenger only gave him a handful of starts in all competitions.


#979

I don’t see why people make such a mystery of Lucas. It was what @Maxi_Gooner said above. Alexis working as a striker was a death sentence for him in the end, as well as him not looking particularly interesting as a 9. He’s Lucas Perezski, he just came at a time when the squad wasn’t quite a shit as it was when Lukas Podolski came.


#980

Welbeck was out for months, Sanchez was untried as a CF and we only had one striker in Giroud. A forward was needed at the time for depth purposes.

The emergence of Iwobi combined with Alexis playing well as a false 9 limited Perez’ chances ultimately. Fair play to him though as he was always sharp when called upon. Giroud also looked the better option coming off the bench and proved so which didnt help too.

Kinda leaves us stocked with average-to-good forwards at the moment though. I’d happily trade in two of our forwards for a world class striker.


#981

This article says Lucas is likely to go to Sevilla, with Deportivo and Valencia also both interested.

We’ll probably get our fee back, which is perfectly fine with me. Actually, this is likely to just demonstrate the point that the only way to really lose in the transfer market is not to be involved (which, of course, Wenger has done quite a bit) since even when a player is a total bust he still usually recoups all or most of his fee (Benteke, Memphis, etc)


#982

I hope it is Sevilla over the other two, you’d think he’s done his time at Depor and deserves a genuine shot at a more challenging side


#983

Will always be grateful for the goal at Sutton tbh and calming my nerves in that game. Hated that tie.