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Four things to expect from Lucas Perez at Arsenal

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If for whatever reason Arsenal fans have found themselves out of the loop in the last 24 hours, Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez is on his way to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has triggered the 27-year-old's release clause of £17 million and appear to have beaten Everton to his signature.

So Wenger is finally landing a striker he has been desperately seeking for most of the summer after failed pursuits for Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette. But exactly who is Lucas Perez?

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We will forgive you if he has escaped your attention to date. After all, Arsenal's No.1 fan Piers Morgan doesn't know who he is either.

Despite starting his career with Atletico Madrid's C-team, Perez surprisingly learnt his craft at Ukraine side FC Karpaty Lviv.

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A spell in Greece with PAOK FC followed but it has been only since he returned to Spain with Deportivo in 2014 that he has started catching the eye.

The 27-year-old has had a modest goal record everywhere he has been, however, last season he really came to the fore with 17 goals in La Liga.

Admittedly, his tally is still way behind the division's top scorer Luis Suarez, who found the back of the net 40 times, and the goal crazy nature of Spain's top league meant Perez only ranked 11th in scoring charts.

You can watch a compilation of his top five goals from last season in the video below but here are a few of his key attributes.

Pace

Perez isn't the tallest of strikers around Europe today, standing a little under six foot, but his speed on the ground does make up for it.

His showed that in his goal against Villareal where he latched on to a through ball and away from two defenders to give himself a clear strike at goal.

Composure

The Deportivo forward is a real nuisance to centre-backs and rarely gives them minute's rest, as proven by his second strike against Atletico Madrid.

He hassled highly rated Jose Gimenez off the ball and made Jan Oblak look foolish by calmly going by him to finish past Diego Simeone's helpless defence.

Ability to score from distance

One of the best goals Perez has ever scored was during his time in Ukraine.

Playing against Krybas, he hit a first-time volley from 25 yards out that would not look out of place in any of Europe's top divisions.

He has a peach of a left foot

While that volley mentioned above was hit with his right foot, his strongest side is actually his left.

The five goals featured show just how versatile he is. He can score from anywhere and any angle, therefore should thrive in Wenger's traditionally fluid system.

He might not be the big name Arsenal fans were hoping for but Perez can still give the Gunners boss something and someone else to consider.

The 27-year-old is on the verge of reaching a striker's peak period and if last season is anything to go by, Perez may just prove to be one of Arsenal's shrewdest moves to date.

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