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Arsenal currently have four strikers playing in the first team. Everton has been linked with three of them. The most recent link with an Arsenal striker involves Lucas Perez, a player that Arsene Wenger purchased but apparently have no plans for him, which looks absurd as the player impressed when given the opportunity last season.
Bids from as many as 7 clubs gone in for LP – Depor & Newcastle as well as Everton, Bayer Leverkusen, Valencia, Levante & Galatasaray. #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) August 21, 2017
Perez joins Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck on the list of Arsenal players Everton have been looking to secure their signature this summer, and he is actually a good player. He found the net 17 times and provided a further 8 assists (off 1.7 open play key passes per 90) in his last season in Spain:
Lucas Perez, Deportivo 15-16. Good all-around output in the stats. Pace striker, and a good finisher on the break pic.twitter.com/IL74Tan8Io
— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) August 25, 2016
In 136 Champions League minutes last season, Perez scored 3 goals and 2 assists, and bagged a Premier League goal even though Wenger spread his 265 league minutes across ten appearances (one start).
Being originally from A Coruna, the player probably wants to go home and return to Deportivo, but if he doesn’t, he’s good enough to start for Everton as it is currently made up.