Arsenal are finally set to sign a striker.
Gunners supporters have been pleading with Arsene Wenger to sign a striker before the transfer window closes and, though Lucas Perez isn’t as well-known as some of the names they were linked with, including Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette, at least an important issue has been addressed.
According to Sky Sports, the North London side have beaten Everton to the signing of the £17 million Spaniard from Deportivo La Coruna.
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Perez scored 17 goals last season and will compete with Olivier Giroud to start at the Emirates Stadium.
Whether he’s good enough to fire them to a Premier League title, however, is a different story.
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He’s not the big-name player Arsenal fans hoped would be brought in and at 27-years-old, he’s hardly a long-term investment.
The club’s biggest cheerleader Piers Morgan even took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann to join.
So when Morgan heard of Lucas’ possible arrival, it’s fair to say he felt a little underwhelmed.
Suarez and Griezmann pursuits
Morgan is one of many who supports the #WengerOut campaign and has even taken to not calling Wenger by his name on social media.
“If our manager won’t buy world class players, let’s shame him by doing it via social media,” Morgan told his 5.1 million Twitter followers yesterday.
“Hi mate @LuisSuarez9, give me a number which will make you join @Arsenal right now. £100m £120m £140? I will make it happen.”
Yes, Morgan is deluded. But he didn’t stop there.
“Hey there Antoine @AntoGriezmann, I want you at @Arsenal to play up front with Suarez. We have £300m to spend, so money not a problem. #afc.”
Though Morgan has clearly lost the plot, it’s a sad indictment of Arsenal’s lacklustre transfer activity that the TV host is trying to sign players via Twitter.
The Gunners are already five points adrift of the Premier League leaders after two matches and nobody expects Lucas to suddenly inspire them to the title.
This is Wenger’s 21st year in charge of Arsenal and it could very well be his last. The club haven’t finished outside of the top four in each of his years at the club but there’s a big difference between settling for the top four and fighting to win the title.
Unfortunately, the signing of Lucas points at a club that is content with Champions League qualification.