For years, since the exit of Robin van Persie, we have all wished Arsenal would acquire another deadly striker that could meet the team’s goal-scoring needs. After several attempts on Gervinho, Marroane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo, (I wonder if you still remember some of those names) it became obvious that we need a truly natural goal-scorer to lead our attacks.
When, in 2012, a tall elegant Frenchman in the person of Olivier Giroud walked through the doors of the Emirates, with an impressive 33 goals in 73 matches for Montpellier, every Arsenal supporter felt our dreams had been answered. Thierry Henry had nothing this good when he first arrived here. Can you see what he became?
Four years on, and Giroud is yet to light up the skies. Granted, he has scored some important goals for us but they always fall short of that title wining tally.
Our master-tactician, Le Prof Wenger, knows only a striker of Jamie Vardy’s pedigree could fill the striking void left by van Persie. When Vardy declined our approach recently, our manager went underground to dig up his replica. He has pace, he is a provider and, most importantly, he is a finisher.
Lucas, 27, and a graduate of Atletico Madrid academy, had to play part of his professional career at Rayo Vallecano, Karpaty Lviv, Dynamo Kyiv and PAOK before returning back to Spain to sign for Deportivo. Perez is not just a striker, he is also a supplier. Apart from scoring 17 goals last season for the struggling Deportivo La Coruna, Lucas also provided ten assists.
The soon-to-be 28-year old is nothing short of a late bloomer. His solitary but outstanding performance during last season has attracted attention from the likes of Barcelona.
Judging from the current signing prices of strikers, Perez may have come cheap but he is set to out-perform his competitors from other clubs. Some of Arsenal’s greats like Martin Keown believe Lucas could be Arsenals next big thing.
Arsenal fans might have a thing or two to smile about tomorrow in our match against Southampton.