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Arsene Wenger reveals where he will play Lucas Perez at Arsenal

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Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez are widely expected to make their bows as Arsenal players against Southampton on Saturday.

Whether it be as starters or from the bench, it seems inevitable that Arsene Wenger will give his £52 million duo the chance to show what they're about in front of a packed Emirates crowd.

The former La Liga defender and striker were pictured training with their new teammates earlier this week in preparation for an important fixture.

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A topic of interest for Arsenal fans at the moment is where exactly Wenger will deploy Perez, who is capable of playing anywhere across the attacking line.

The Spaniard has arrived as a striker but history tells us he could well be played on the wing.

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However, Wenger has sought to quell any rumours that his £17 million signing will primarily play on the flanks at Arsenal.

In an interview with the club's official website (see below), he said: "I see [Perez] more centrally, that's why I bought him.

"He can play as well on the flanks because he's done it before, but my target was to add one more player who can play through the middle."

Let's just hope he sticks to his word. In an extended video, Wenger discussed Perez's rise to prominence and what he will bring to Arsenal (again, see below).

"I've known him for a while," he said, "but I can understand why our fans do not know him very well.

"He exploded last season, really. He was a late developer. I believe he had a big success because he changed position and he was moved centrally.

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"He's a left-footed player, he has good movement and can link play as well. He's not only a goalscorer - he's good in assists.

"Because he's played on the flanks he can deliver good crosses, but he's also very dangerous in the box."

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