Is Arsene Wenger finally set to sign a new striker?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Wenger under fire after a summer of transfer inactivity
Wenger under fire after a summer of transfer inactivity

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be finally set to end his search for a new striker, with Sky Sports reporting the Gunners are close to a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez.

Everton were reported to be at the head of the queue to sign the 27-year-old striker who scored 17 La Liga goals last season, before he started this campaign with a goal against Eibar last weekend.

Now he looks set to become a Premier League player, amid suggestions that both Arsenal and Everton have triggered the £17m release clause in his contract.

The arrival of a striker who is know as Lucas may not placate Arsenal fans who have been waiting for Wenger to splash the cash and sign a big-name forward this summer, with rumoured bids for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain and Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette coming to nothing despite weeks of speculation.

However, there are reports that Arsenal's offer for Lucas is for the payments for the forward to split over two payments, with Deportivo demanding a one-off fee for their forward.

It is not clear whether Lucas would be viewed as Arsenal’s first choice striker to start ahead of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez, or whether he would be a supplementary forward who may be used as an impact player from the bench as Wenger stated last week that he was content with his striking options.

“We have Giroud, Sanchez and Theo (Walcott),” he stated.

“I believe a club like ours is focused on giving chances to the players we develop in our own club. We have a few strikers who have a chance, if we find the right players we buy.

“It is not that easy - look at a club like Real Madrid, who have they bought? Up front, it is very difficult.”

Wenger has come under-fire from Arsenal fans after a summer of transfer inactivity has been followed by a start to the season that has seen his side collect just one point from their opening two Premier League matches.

It remains to be seen whether the signing of Lucas would be enough to placate a rising tide of animosity flowing in Wenger’s direction.