When Lucas Perez signed for Arsenal a year ago, fair to say their fans were a little underwhelmed.

Hoping for star signings that were a level above some of their first teamers, the £17m capture puzzled the Gooners, further fanning the flames of the Wenger-out faction.

With only two Premier League starts last season for Lucas Perez, the supporters will feel justified in having doubts about the signing, as he only played 265 minutes of league football in total scoring one goal.

Reports had claimed that the striker will be heading back to Deportivo on loan, not a great option for Arsenal who would be then looking to have to subsidise a substantial part of his wages.

However, Sunday morning sees an ‘exclusive’ claiming that Newcastle have made an approach to Arsenal for Lucas Perez, with the possibility of them buying rather than the North London club having to settle for the loan option and subsidising wages.

The Sun have ran the exclusive and say that Rafa Benitez has turned to his countryman after losing out on other striking options.

The 28 year old was bought by Arsenal on the back of his 17 goals in 35 La Liga starts for Deportivo in 2015/16, when he played alongside a certain Jonas Gutierrez.

Previous to that stand out year though for a struggling Deportivo side who finished 15th in La Liga, Lucas Perez had never before scored double figures in a league season.

Not the most distinguished of careers, Perez started off playing for Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second tier before moving to Karpaty in the Ukraine for three seasons and then on to PAOK in Greece for only a year.

Arriving back in Spain with Deportivo, Lucas Perez scored six La Liga goals in 20 starts in 2014/15 before then the 17 goal season which attracted Arsenal’s attentions.

The striker did have the odd moment for Arsenal last season, the stand out one when scoring a hat-trick away at Basel in the Champions League as he helped his team to a 4-1 win. Another three sub appearances in the Champions League giving him 136 minutes altogether in Europe last season.

In the domestic cups he also got some football, starting six and coming off the bench once, scoring three goals.

Scoring seven goals in 948 minutes of football for Arsenal isn’t too bad a record but still a limited amount to go on, though he wouldn’t be the first striker to show improved form in his later years.

Rafa Benitez is obviously desperate for a striker and whilst impossible to tell whether any substance in this particular ‘exclusive’, Lucas Perez does fit the profile of somebody who could potentially be within Newcastle’s financial constraints.

Plus you would imagine Arsenal being open to a similar loan with a view to buy deal, as Newcastle have agreed with Borussia Dortmund for Mikel Merino.

The Sun talks of Lucas Perez wanting first team football to try and help make Spain’s World Cup squad next summer but that seems a bit fanciful as the player turns 29 in September and has never represented his country at any level before.

  • anyobrien

    Keep well away…plus it’s the sun so hopefully load of bollox

  • Toonbadger

    Please STOP quoting the currant bun. They know nowt about owt.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Fake news #Don’tBuyTheSun

    • Leazes Ender

      The stats are from transfermarkt…….just cut out the mis interpretations.


  • TC Toon Army

    It’s probably nonsense claims but. Live in arsenal town, surrounded by my gooner mates. They rate him. the little time this guy has had on the pitch he has done well. Goals assists or both. If there was a chance, I would sign him.

  • Hetton Mag

    Stop quoting from the Sun. Support the other supporters groups boycotting this rag who rubbished dead Liverpool fans.

    • Wor Lass


  • Steve Pearce

    Troy Deeney is reportedly unhappy at Watford, which could explain this “fake news” smokescreen that has been sent up to hide our real striker intentions. I’m just giving him as an example as Rafa would never sign such a poor player as Perez.

    • Lhc

      Not a chance we will sign deeney20million, it will be someone along the lines of Perez type low fee or a loan, we haven’t sorted a proper striker out since remy left, the club is a joke

      • Steve Pearce

        Funny you should mention him as his future is apparently undecided at this time. I totally agree with you on this one and I’d love to have him back!

        • Lhc

          Hmmm I’d take him for a quick fix as last resort

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Probably rubbish but the Arsenal fans i know really like him and are puzzled why he hasn’t figured more.

  • Perez is class, we should definitely go for a bargain deal if Arsenal are willing to take 15m for him, but I fear his wages might prove to be too much.

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m sure they only paid £13m for him last year.!

  • Rich Lawson

    The worrying aspect of this is the BBC say Rafa wants to sign him as his MAIN striker,how does Gayle fit into that given we only play one up front ?

    • Down Under Mag

      I’d imagine it would be a case of one or the other, BUT it would mean we have fire-power off the bench as well with Rafa’s rotation policy in mind that probably isn’t a bad thing. We can’t go into the season with Gayle our only threat up front as many have been saying…we now can’t complain if we buy in another striker. I don’t think Rafa will be playing two up top, so any extra striker was going to be competition for Gayle as I don’t think Mitro fits in that role and Perez would be one of a few players to fill that attacking link up player (our Perez…not the new one).

  • Mike

    Messi and Ronaldo next