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Perez is heading to Arsenal.

Arsenal set to sign Lucas Perez by Friday

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With less than one week until the summer transfer window, Arsenal fans are desperate for a couple more signings.

The Gunners have only signed one senior player this summer with Granit Xhaka arriving for £30 million, while they have also completed deals for Rob Holding from Bolton and Japan striker Takuma Asano.

Now, we bring Arsenal fans some good news and some bad news.

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The good news is, your club is set to complete a deal for a striker by tomorrow.

The bad news is, you probably haven’t heard of him.

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That’s because Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Deportivo striker Lucas Perez will join the north London club in a €20 million deal (£17m).

They claim that Wenger has triggered the release clause of the 27-year-old and all that remains is Perez to agree to the deal.

But Arsenal weren’t the only side interested in Perez this summer. Marco say that the first offer actually came from Everton while there were also plenty of Spanish clubs interested in him.

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Perez's career

So, how good is Perez?

Well, the uncapped Spaniard scored a respectable 17 goals in 36 La Liga matches last season - not bad for a side that finished 15th.

However, looking back at his career and Gooners may not be too excited at his stats. During the 2014/15 campaign, he also scored six league goals for the Spanish side.

But Perez hasn’t spent his whole career in Spain. He began at Rayo Vallecano before moving to Ukrainian Karpaty Lviv in 2010.

Rayo Vallecano v RC Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga

In January 2013, he moved to Dynamo Kyiv on loan but failed to make a single appearance, labelling the experience as a ‘nightmare.’

He got his career back on track after moving to Greek side PAOK, where he scored nine goals in 32 league matches — something which attracted the interest of Deportivo.

Video compilation 

Here is a video compilation of some of his best skills and goals:

While it’s not exactly the high-profile signing that Arsenal supporters are crying out for, they will no doubt just be pleased to see their club making a signing.

A new forward has been one of Wenger’s priority this summer as he looks to give Olivier Giroud some competition this season. The French boss has already failed in his attempts to sign Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette but it seems to be a case of third-time lucky with Perez.

Wenger’s attentions will now surely turn to purchasing a new central defender in the coming days.

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