Lucas Perez became our fourth summer signing when he joined the club on Sunday. We spoke to him for his first interview as an Arsenal player:
- Lucas Perez completes move to Arsenal
- Pictures: Lucas Perez in Arsenal colours
- Quiz: How well do you know Lucas Perez
Thanks very much, first of all. I’m delighted. It’s a massive step in my career to come to a club with the history and quality that Arsenal have and be able to play in competitions like the Premier League and the Champions League. I’m very proud and happy to be here.”
When did you first hear about the club’s interest and what was your reaction?
Well, it was through my agent and through some other players who spoke very highly of Arsenal to me. I was really happy and flattered when I heard about Arsenal’s interest. I was very hopeful to get the chance to come here.
It seems to have all happened quite quickly. How did it play out for you?
Well, there was some contact when the transfer window opened. As always in football, clubs have to evaluate what they need, but they showed interest when they got in contact. Things happened more quickly towards the end of the window so it could be made official.
What do you know about Arsenal – have you watched the team on TV?
Absolutely, I know the club. The Premier League is very popular in Spain and I always try to watch matches whenever I can. Arsenal have top quality players and play some great football so they were one of the teams I watched most.
What it about Arsenal that attracts you most?
They’re a great side, they’re fighting for titles, they play in Europe and they’re just a massive club. They have some fantastic players and that attracts all players.
How excited are you about playing in the Premier League?
Massively so. I’m really excited. I want to show what I’m about, get stuck into playing and perform well.
How do you think it compares with La Liga?
Well, I think the Premier League is more intense and the matches are much more end to end – there is more counter-attacking. The Spanish league is more tactical and so the play isn’t quite as fast as the Premier League.
Can you tell us a bit about your playing style and what we can expect?
Well, I think I’m a pacy player. I like to link up and combine with my team-mates, playing one-twos to work a shot. I don’t want to put myself in a box, I hope that the Arsenal fans can see for themselves and enjoy watching me.
You’ve played on the left and up front in your career. What is your preferred position?
Well, I played as a striker for most of my career but I can adapt to any of the four positions across the front line. I prefer playing as a striker but I have no problem playing anywhere up front.
Finally, have you got a message for the Arsenal fans? I’d like to say hello to the Arsenal fans and ask them to come out and support us. This is going to be a great season for us all and I’m sure Arsenal will give you plenty to celebrate.
More quizzes to follow soon!
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