OFFICIAL: Arsenal announce Lucas Perez signing

Arsene Wenger’s side confirm the arrival of the 27-year-old Spanish forward from Deportivo La Coruna, with the manager praising his new man’s “good eye for goal”

Arsenal have completed the signing of forward Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.

Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Saturday that the 27-year-old, along with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, had agreed terms, with the official confirmation on Tuesday.

The Premier League club have not revealed any details surrounding the fee – believed to be in the region of £17million – or the length of the deal.

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“He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs,” Wenger told Arsenals’ official website.

“He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”

Wenger had come under pressure for a perceived lack of activity in the transfer market, with Gunners fans getting restless having gone without a Premier League title since 2004.

Perez plied his trade for several clubs across Europe, including Rayo Vallecano, Karpaty Lviv and PAOK, before joining Deportivo, initially on loan, in 2014.

The 27-year-old, renowned for his pace and work rate, scored 17 goals in 36 league appearances for the club last season, while also providing 10 assists.

RUMOURS: Juventus & Roma battle for Wilshere

The midfielder was left out of Sam Allardyce’s England squad and is attracting interest from Serie A clubs after being told he can leave Arsenal on a season-long loan

Juventus and Roma are interested in taking Jack Wilshere on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal, according to reports.

Sky Italia claims Juve have emerged as contenders to sign the 24-year-old, while the Daily Telegraph says Roma are keen but want the Gunners to contribute towards his wages.

Wilshere has played just 37 minutes in the Premier League this season and was left out of Sam Allardyce’s first England squad.


Chambers set to join Middlesbrough on loan

With Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding ahead of him in the Emirates pecking order, he is to depart in order to earn Premier League game time

Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with Arsenal to take defender Calum Chambers on a season-long loan.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made the decision to let Chambers gain further Premier League experience after signing both Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding in his position this summer.

Despite Arsenal receiving interest from several clubs across Europe including Roma and Valencia, Wenger felt that the 21-year-old would be better suited to another top flight English side where he can develop his defensive qualities.

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Wenger signed Chambers’ England Under-21 team-mate Holding from Bolton earlier this summer and believes he will benefit from learning his trade at Arsenal for the time being, while Mustafi has been identified as the man to eventually replace Per Mertesacker, who is presently out injured along with Gabriel.

Chambers, who joined Arsenal from Southampton two years ago, is able to play across the defence as well as defensive midfield but found game time at Emirates Stadium difficult to come by last season having only played 12 league games.

Mustafi: Ozil convinced me to join Arsenal

The Germany international has revealed that he has always been seduced by the Gunners’ style, but sounded out a team-mate in any case

Shkodran Mustafi revealed he sought advice from Arsenal star Mesut Ozil ahead of his move to the Emirates Stadium.

Mustafi will be confirmed as an Arsenal player this week after manager Arsene Wenger announced only paperwork had to be finalised for the Germany international to complete his transfer from La Liga side Valencia.

And as the 24-year-old former Everton centre-back closes in on a switch to London, where he will be play alongside fellow German defender Per Mertesacker, he said countryman Ozil helped persuade him to sign for Arsenal.

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“I did not see Per for a long time because he quit international football but I talked to Mesut,” Mustafi told Sky Sports Germany.

“He told me everything I wanted to know. Everything was positive, so I was convinced very fast. It did not take much.

“I have always loved Arsenal, I like how they play here, it is not typical English.

“The game here is more like in Spain and with the German national team, keeping the ball on the grass, so it was easy to convince me.”

Wenger: Xhaka can be Arsenal's new Petit

The Switzerland international has impressed in his first appearances for the north London outfit, and his manager is thrilled with his start to Premier League life

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the impact of Granit Xhaka on his side and sees similarities with ex-Gunner Emmanuel Petit.

Summer signing Xhaka started against both Leicester City and Watford, with his performance at Vicarage Road particulalrly impressive.

And Wenger belives the Switzerland international has what it takes to replicate the displays put in by Petit, who won the Premier League with the north London outfit in 1997-98.

“He is a guy who plays naturally behind the ball, a bit similar to Petit in the way he plays football,” he told reporters.

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“He likes to sit, give good long balls and be available for the centre-backs. He has a good mixture of short and long balls, and in midfield it is important for us to sometimes stretch defenders.

“We have a game that is based on shorter passes than other teams so sometimes you have a player who can kick the longer ball gives us a chance to get some oxygen and some space.

He already has experience abroad and that is reassuring. He was captain at his young age at Monchengladbach, which is not a small club, so he has leadership qualities.

He has a good engine, good stature, he is good in the air and has a good balance in his game, he has a good short ball and a good long ball.”