Arsene Wenger says Lucas Perez has all the qualities needed to succeed at Arsenal but he still has to come to terms with the physicality of life in England.
The Spaniard staked his claim for a starting berth against Stoke by netting a hat-trick for the Gunners in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Basel, his first goals since a brace against Nottingham Forest in September.
Reflecting on the performance, Wenger noted that being clinical in front of goal will help Lucas build confidence after an injury-interrupted start to life at the Emirates.
“He needed that, because when you come with a big transfer to a club like Arsenal, it is never easy when you are not involved and then injured straight away,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“I believe he is a guy who has all the qualities you want, he is quick, he has good stamina, can repeat, has high energy, a very good finisher, so overall he has it all in the locker.
“In front of goal he is a killer, he has a short backlift and is a good finisher. You could see that on the third goal in Basel.
“He must adapt to the intensity of the fight in the duels in England. If he manages to do that, he will be a great asset for us.”