Lucas Perez
Lucas Perez

Lucas Perez

Lucas was Arsenal’s fourth signing of the 2016 summer transfer window when he joined from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

The striker started his career in Atletico Madrid’s youth side, before joining Rayo Vallecano’s development team and progressing into their senior squad. Having impressed in a handful of appearances for Los Vallecanos, Lucas left his homeland to play for Ukrainian side FC Karpaty Lviv.

Lucas Perez Profile

Born September 10, 1988
A Coruna, Spain
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Previous Club(s) Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Karpaty Lviv, Dynamo Kyiv, PAOK, Deportivo
Arsenal Debut September 10, 2016

After making over 50 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League, Lucas went on loan to Dinamo Kiev. The forward’s next destination was Greek side PAOK, where he picked up a runners-up medal after losing to Panathinaikos in the Greek Football Cup final in 2014.

After two years in Greece, Lucas then returned to Deportivo - initially on loan - and after an encouraging debut season, he joined permanently. The striker enjoyed one of his most prolific campaigns in 2015/16, scoring 17 times in 35 games and equalling a club record held for goals in successive games.

Known for his pace and power, Lucas will be hoping to make a big impact in his first season in north London.

Lucas Perez's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2016-2017 2 + 9 1 1 + 2 3 3 + 1 1 3 2 0 0 9 + 12 7
Total 2 + 9 1 1 + 2 3 3 + 1 1 3 2 0 0 9 + 12 7

My Year

  • 2016/17

September

Lucas got his first two goals in Arsenal colours in our 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third round. He also started in our 2-1 win against Southampton, while also coming on as an 87th-minute substitute in our 4-1 victory against Hull City.

October

Lucas featured twice in October, starting the 2-0 win over Reading in the EFL Cup fourth round and coming on as a substitute as we beat Ludogorets 6-0, laying on two assists for Mesut Ozil. He picked up an ankle injury in the win over Reading at Emirates Stadium, ruling him out for the rest of the month.

November

Lucas returned from injury for our final game of the month, playing the full 90 minutes of our 2-0 loss to Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

December

Lucas started and scored a hat-trick against FC Basel in our 4-1 win over the Swiss side in the Champions League. He came on as a substitute in the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion and in the 2-1 loss to Everton.

January

Lucas made six appearances in January, scoring just once. His goal came in the 3-3 draw at Bournemouth.

March

Lucas played against Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Lincoln City in March, coming off the bench in the second half on all three occasions.