Lucas Perez.

Lucas Perez scored twice against Shkodran Mustafi's Valencia last season

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Arsenal are closing in on a combined £52 million deal for La Liga duo Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez.

Following months of frustrating transfer activity, Arsene Wenger is finally prepared to open his chequebook and almost treble his spend for the summer.

Well, it's about time.


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Doubt surrounds their respective moves, though, especially so Perez's, who is a largely unknown quantity amongst Arsenal fans.

The Deportivo La Coruna striker, 27, scored 17 La Liga goals last term but has only made headlines this summer because Everton were once keen to sign him.

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He arrives with a huge weight of expectation on his shoulders given how desperate Arsenal are for greater quality going forward - but what will he bring?

That remains to be seen but a video is doing the rounds today of Perez's best goals for Deportivo last season, one of which involving his soon-to-be teammate Mustafi.

During a 1-1 draw with Valencia earlier this year, the Spaniard was put through on goal and after taking the ball around the goalkeeper, he slotted into an empty net.

It was Mustafi who then collected the ball before angrily kicking it away and going berserk at his teammates, who allowed Deportivo space to craft the move.


Due to copyright reasons we're unable to embed the video, so click this link and forward to 4:50.

That wasn't the only goal Perez scored against Valencia last season, though. At the beginning of the same video, the 27-year-old scored a thunderbolt against Mustafi and co. which found the top-left corner from outside of the box.

Fans will undoubtedly point towards Perez's move as a panic buy on Wenger's behalf but it's worth giving him time to show what he's made of before passing judgement.

Fast, skilful and with a lethal left foot, Perez is the poacher that Arsenal have craved ever since Robin van Persie's departure in 2012.

Seventeen goals in La Liga for a side that finished 15th is a phenomenal return too, let's not forget.

Rayo Vallecano v RC Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga

It seems beyond doubt that he and Mustafi will complete moves to Arsenal in the coming days after Wenger insisted he is "99% confident" that deals will be struck.

He said: "I'm happy when our supporters are happy, but my job is to make the right decisions.

"If that is exactly similar to the contract of the players and that maintains the supporters being happy – that is even better. I focus first on making the right decisions for the club.

"We are working on the deals. We are not close enough to announce today that they will sign for us, and will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window? I am 99% confident."

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