Wenger: Perez has an eye for goal

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Wenger: Perez has an eye for goal

With a 47 minute hat-trick last night in his first European start for the club, Lucas Perez scored as many goal as Sp*rs have in this season’s Champions League.

The 28 year old was drafted in to play on the right hand side, and showed he’s something of a fox in the box, on hand to snap up opportunities when they arise.

He scored twice in the opening 16 minutes, before bagging his hat-trick 2 minutes after half-time. It was a selection decision which worked out well for Arsene Wenger, who was pleased with the Spaniard’s impact.

“The first two looked like quite easy goals, and were what we call tap-ins in England, but they were created by the team and you have to be there to finish,” he said.

“The first goal is a real striker’s goal. He scored more than 20 goals in Spain last season and he has shown why. He has an eye for goal and good movement in the box, which is why he scores.”

And Lucas himself was a happy boy, posting to his Twitter account:

It means that in just 5 starts and 3 substitute appearances he’s got 5 goals and 3 assists. Let’s hope he starts another 500 games with 340 as sub.

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JB
JB

Could have sworn it was a “smell” for goal in the original i/v.

Chris
Chris

Ozil practising for Shawcross’ head in that picture.

Ritesh
Ritesh

Or John Terry’s…He can speak to Diaby for some tips.

Simon
Simon

Francis Jeffers is crying into his cornflakes this morning.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Happy Ozil assisting with collecting the ball in the back is priceless 😀

George
George

It’s an awesome photo.

Ozil looks like a brilliantly deranged puppet-master, ‘dance for me, ball, dance…’

GoonerSG
GoonerSG

Lucas or Walcott on the right for Stoke? Or use both on either flanks?

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

Possibly too soon to start Lucas again, what with the recent injury. I think Ox deserves a start, probably in place of Iwobi, and with Walcott on the right for balance.

FrankTheTank
FrankTheTank

And soon we add Welbeck to the mix. I guess he will just have to embrace the role of left wing.

Perez looks like a smart player when it comes to anticipation and positioning, allmost abit like Müller.

SB
SB

So happy we didn’t end up signing Vary and have Lucas instead.

Jim wall
Jim wall

Alexes ..giroud ..perez …wellbeck when fit ….Walcott ..ozil..chambo..iwobi..plenty of goals there back to the days of invincibles

zilhad
zilhad

I still think he has 4 assists, including the one vs Soton.

Ty
Ty

I was very imperezed

… Should I get my coat?

heihaci
heihaci

Spanish Pires

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Plays in a similar way to Theo on the right, with even more emphasis on getting into those central areas which works well with a CF like Sanchez. I still see Perez as more of a CF but it’s good to have goals spread around the teams like this!

Thediamondback
Thediamondback

Lucas should now start on the left. I think he is much more aware in front of the goal. My team for this weekend would be
Lucas Alexis Theo
Özil
Ramsey Xhaka
Monreal Koscielny Mustafi Gabriel
Cech

Goonslinger
Goonslinger

Just Switch Le Cock for Ramsey. WOW!!

Pires' Left Foot
Pires' Left Foot

Hehehe… The headline is a bit of understatement given that he is fresh off a hat-trick. Wenger really has a way with words.

santori
santori

Jaime Vardy anyone?:D

Ozil's left foot
Ozil's left foot

Perez seemed to barely celebrate his own goals. But had the widest grin when Iwobi scored! The man is happier for the kid than himself.. he was happy depor got a great fee for him so they could go invest. He has to be among the top 5 selfless people to have pulled on an arsenal jersey. #heartofgold

And even if Lucas doesn’t score another goal this season. I am so glad we got him instead of that racist pos vardy.

santori
santori

Wenger is a complete imbecile.

Clearly clueless in transfer dealings.

Instead of pumping out the dosh for Vardy he waits till end of window and gets a second rate panic buy in Lucas Perezski…WENGER OUT!

iceberg10
iceberg10

Vardy who?

santori
santori

Wenger has been reconsturcting the team since he realised the Denilson generation was not mustard.

He started adding to spine with experience with expedient buys like Per and Arteta,c rucial in stabilisng the ship when we were faced with key departures for 3-4 seasons.

3-4 seasons ago, he started to slowly add quality. Santi, Ozil (42.3m panic buy), Alexis, Cech, now Granit and Mustafi, were players brought in at sunstantially higher price points (or should be) considering we finally freed ourselves from the shackles of austerity following stadium move and crucially sponsorship re-negotiations.

Whether we could have done this slightly quicker and more forecefully of course is arguable.

But we now see a complete squad with no deficiencies in any positions.

Wenger has experience in ALL posittions.

He has also been successful in bringing through academy players like Coquelin, Bellerin and Iwobi which is no small feat considering quality on hand at present.

In terms of scoring, we have put in the most in the league this season, something the press won’t care to highlight.

Goals are coming from every player with Ozil assisting into the back of the net, Alexis successfully converted (despite naysayers) into a Cf, Giroud one of our most efficient scorers (higher goal per game percentage than RVP, Adebayor), and now the dark horse LUcas also looking sharp and hungry. Not to forget we also have Welbeck ahead of schedule.

Least to remember is Lucas started from a WIDE position but still reaped goals.

This is something I mentioned 5-6 seasons ago when Walcott was insistent on playing through the middle.

Positioning is moot.

Alexis reaped a massive number of goals when he played out wide. Walcott has realised he can do the same. So can Lucas. Ox and Iwobi will also chip in.

Which is why it isn’t a big deal whether we start Alexis wide or central. We can put Giroud in and add aerial threat and still have Alexis effective from a wide position IMO.

The key is OPTIONS and UNPREDICTABILITY.

We have now an assorted number of weapons to bring to bear to break teams down.

What we use against each variable set up is key.

Do not expect one permutation to be a winning recipe.

We will need to mix it up. On one day Alexis may score a hatrick, he may dry up the next day and Lucas will add in the goals, or Giroud or Theo.

Fans need to stop having such straight jacket thinking.

The gaffer is way ahead of the game and knows we have to sync the squad to make it work. It isn’t simply buying players and throwing them in willy nilly.

Players take time to familiarise to new roles and new movement with new partners, this goes for Ramsey too who is coming for a bit of stick recently.

Fans need to take the chill pill and not make themselves look so foolish.

Not saying Wenger is perfect but there is a whole lot more architecture to his summer buys and team constructions than many care to or are able to discern.

Goon Army
Goon Army

This team reminds me of the invincibles. Whoever gets picked upfront scores. I remember Reyes, RVP, Henry all firing on all cylinders. Been longing for that feeling forever now.

walenaija

What about kanu and bekampg?