Arsene Wenger says Lucas Perez showed determination and a good team ethic after watching the Spaniard score his first two goals for Arsenal in their 4-0 win in the EFL Cup against Nottingham Forest.
The summer signing opened his account from the penalty spot after Chuba Akpom latched onto the Spaniard’s through ball and was fouled and then netted a second finishing off an impressive run. The 28-year-old then rounded off a fine individual display with a deft pass to set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in injury time.
“A striker is always growing when he scores goals and I felt that he has shown [that] tonight,” Wenger told Arsenal.com after the game.
“I liked his second goal because it was not only technique but it was determination, to fight for the ball and finish, I liked as well the part he played in the goal of Oxlade-Chamberlain because it shows that he can combine with other people and that he is an intelligent player.”
Always eager to coerce his players into developing their game, the boss noted that he’d like to see Lucas use his right foot a little more after going full Winterburn for his second goal.
“He’s quick, he’s determined, he uses well his left foot – a bit too much for my taste, and not enough his right foot, but overall he’s like all left-footed players.”
Obviously pleased to get off the mark, Perez took to Twitter to celebrate with a quite splendid Mesut Ozilism.
— Lucas Pérez (@LP10oficial) September 20, 2016