Ian Wright unimpressed with Arsenal signing Lucas Perez

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In the dying embers of the transfer window, Arsenal fans welcomed the arrival of Lucas Perez with open arms, after what had, up until that point, been another underwhelming transfer window for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger brought in Granit Xhaka for £30 million and Bolton Wanderers youngster Rob Holding, but with the transfer deadline looming and little sign of activity, Arsenal fans were becoming increasingly frustrated.

However, the arrival of Perez, alongside Shkodran Mustafi, was warmly welcomed, and once again Gunners fans had hope that they could compete with the big spenders this season, after signing one of Spain's highly-rated strikers.


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But his debut did little to inspire Gunners fans, and little to prove that he could compete with first-choice striker, Olivier Giroud, for a starting role in Wenger's side.

The former Deportivo La Coruna striker had just one shot, failing to reach the target, and made just one aerial challenge. 

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright is far from convinced that the Gunners have got the kind of striker they needed in the summer transfer window.

Perez a winger?

"Arsenal need a striker. I thought we would see someone more direct. Hopefully that will happen." Wright said on Match of the Day. "It seemed to me that he’s a winger."

Perez netted 17 goals in 37 appearances for Deportivo last season, however, Wright is not convinced that Arsenal's new frontman can go on to score the same level of goals as Giroud, in his current position.

The Gunners came from behind, after an own goal from goalkeeper Petr Cech, with two goals from Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla, to beat Southampton 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday.

Pressure on Giroud

Striker Danny Welbeck is not expected to return from his long-term injury lay-off until February, with the pressure now mounting on Giroud to deliver the goals, once again, in the absence of the England striker.

Luckily for the Frenchman, Cazorla has been on hand in the past two games to chip in with goals, but with Perez seemingly not type of striker Arsenal need, according to Wright, the current situation is far from ideal for Wenger.

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