Wenger on where he sees Lucas fit in to the team

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Arsene Wenger says that Lucas Perez has the ability to play from wide positions, but that he bought him to add a different kind of threat as a central striker.

The Spaniard had a stand-out season playing up front for Deportivo la Coruña las season, and it’s there that the Arsenal manager sees him most often in this Arsenal side.

Speaking to the official site, Wenger said, “I see him more centrally, especially that’s why I bought him. He was a little bit of a late developer and as well I believe he had big success because he changed position and he has been moved central.

“He’s a left-footed player who has good movement and good link play as well. He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s good in assists as well and because he has played on the flanks before, he can give a good cross. He has a short backlift and is very dangerous in the box.

“He can play on the flanks because he has done it before, but my target was more to add one more player who can play through the middle.

“With the way I like to play, that’s an interesting quality.”

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Little Mozart

I can’t wait to see what he brings to the side. Lucas #9 has a nice ring to it.

FrankTheTank

Let’s hope he does his best work on the pitch and not on instagram unlike a certain other Lukas #9 😉

Ducks sake

You mean the guy with 130 caps for Germany and nearly 40 goals?

Hmmm, if he’s half as good on the pitch as that guy is be pretty happy.

JustAGooner

As long as he scores/assists, anywhere is fine…

COYG1001

Oh, Arsenal! Oh, Arsenal! Where art Thou?

Is Santi the only true veteran starter? (Can’t quite count Theo.)

The Manchester managers have cutthroat reputations, but Wanger has quietly redone the squad. Some angst, but love it and believe we largely needed it.

Mega

Hah. Wanger…

COYG1001

Inadvertent trolling. Apologies to all.

Brendan Fitzpatrick

“He is a little bit Eduardo you know.”

Jez

After a long and drawn out transfer window, we finally got the transfers (we think) we needed. Follow this with a dull international break, a new article and a new quote each day from wenger..and it’s really building up the hype about our two new signings! Let’s hope they can live up to our expectations! Looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully seeing Perez in action. COYG

chippy's chip

Well, thats one chant we cant sing anymore, now hes spent some.

Arsepedant

Thank fuck for that. I’ve always hated to hear it. Totally disrespectful.

HannibalShitsPeople

Brace yourselves. Left-footed volleys are making a comeback.

Carll

Hmm. He did also say he doesn’t see Walcott as a winger then started him there every game since. This should be interesting. Can’t wait to see him link with Ozil though!

chippy's chip

Podolski?

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Gunnerlocutor

If he is half as good as this piece makes out he will be a success for us. If he really is that good this will be a fun season to watch!

Spooner

I wonder if the translation made these seem a bit more emphatic?

Would be great to see a By The Numbers piece on this guy.

Third Plebeian

Wenger can’t resist a short backlift.

Gunnerlocutor

I recall a tricky little Russian who had one, but he couldn’t resist a pie.

AusDrexler

Mmmmmm pie.

chippy's chip

Selection headache for wenger. Grow some and go 4-4-2

PFo

yes, because playing Ozil (and potentially Sanchez) as a wide midfielder in a 4-4-2 makes perfect sense…

TerryHenry

He wasn’t saying that fool

Fun

What was he suggesting? Playing a diamond? If you played a 4-4-2 who would you actually play, and where?

PFo

wow, resorting to name-calling rather quickly.

Bendtner's Ego

4-4-2 could definitely be an option, especially when we are behind.

Giroud plays well with someone to run onto his flicks and nods and and Mesut can play out wide, with fantastic delivery (see: Euros assist to Schweinsteiger).

Honestly, we tend to be a bit narrow in our attack. Getting the ball out wide to a playmaker like Mesut can offer some tactical options (a plan B).

chippy's chip

Exactly. Thank you. Take your pick in midfield but giroud plus lucas or alexis or even wally at a push!

A Different George

Perhaps I am mistaken, but if our problem is that our attack is too narrow, then we need wingers and overlapping fullbacks, not a diamond midfield. I think that Ozil plays wide for Germany when they have no recognized striker, not when they have two.

Bendtner's Ego

4-4-2 Diamond is a slightly different tactic than a traditional 4-4-2 with wingers. In a traditional 4-4-2, the central midfield tends to work in a “pulley” setup (one advances, the other drops back to cover). If the ball goes to one side, the winger and fullback both advance, still leaving you with 3 defenders for cover. It’s weakness is that you can be over-run in the center of the pitch by 3 man midfields in solo striker formations. In a diamond setup, you have a DM, 2 central midfield (all-around players) and playmaker (the diamond shape), along with the strikers.… Read more »

chippy's chip

Oh dear too many quality, expensive midfielders to fit in?? Strikers score goals, goals win games. Its not feckin rocket science

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Absolutely. Why are we not fielding ten strikers plus Cech?

PFo

which is why you’re a hugely successful football manager, then? If it’s that simple, why stop there? Why don’t we just play a 2-2-6 and line up with Giroud, Lucas, Sanchez, Walcott, Akpom, and Sanogo up front? Surely we couldn’t fail to win a game with all those strikers on ready to score their trademark game-winning goals for us.

chippy's chip

Please fuck off??

Dial square

Fuck me, we haven’t even kicked off yet, leave it out fella’s

Wenger's love child

Stop fighting over your tits! You guys are giving me a (selection) headache.

Toys*

chippy's chip

Was just asking what pfo stood for.

PFo

What I “stand for”? Not sure I understand the question. I’m sorry if I reacted too dismissively and sarcastically to your suggestion to play 4-4-2 and that upset you. Personally I don’t want us to play that way because (at least according to most proponents of that option) it will almost always involve starting Giroud, and while I don’t mind him as a plan B, I’d prefer we don’t adopt a formation that gives him a central role in the team in most games. I just think he can hold us back in certain ways and after several years relying… Read more »

chippy's chip

And wenger hasnt been hugely successful for over 10 seasons now.

chippy's chip

Whoever thumbed that down are you saying 4th or 2nd and a couple of fa cups is hugely successful? With the prices we pay, cash reserves and a tactical genius in charge, he needs to deliver titles again and better than last 16 of CL

Dave

Will Theo finally play in his best position as left waterboy substitute in the reserves tho?

Trez

Play him as a number 9. We need the fluidity of old upfront. Imagine alexis perez and an inform walcott up front. It’d be Chaos. Alexis loves and thrives playing alongside a mobile striker. We’ve seen this time and time again with welbeck and walcott.