West Ham have today completed the signing of Arsenal forward Lucas Perez for a reported fee of £4 million, ending the Spaniard’s torrid time at the Emirates Stadium.
Perez will join the long list of names to join the Hammers regime this summer and will be looking for a fresh start under the experienced Manuel Pellegrini.
It’s an exciting time to be a West Ham fan, and the East London club will go into the 2018/19 Premier League season full of promise.
Winner – Lucas Perez and West Ham
Perez has had an awful time of it at Arsenal since his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016. However, he finally has the chance to start afresh and begin a new chapter in his career with West Ham.
It’s likely Perez was brought in today to fill the void Jordan Hugill left by joining Middlesborough yesterday and even though he’ll be the backup striker to Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, it’s this less pressured role that could see Perez thrive.
Perez will offer the Hammers a different style of play to Hernandez and Arnautovic and can sit deeper and link up with the midfield which could prove to be a useful weapon for Manuel Pelligrini to use this season.
Loser – Arsenal
Arsenal have certainly lost out with Perez, and the forward failed to deliver what the Gunners had hoped he could achieve when he joined their ranks in 2016.
The Spanish forward appeared only 21 times under Arsene Wenger during his time at the club, scoring seven goals and assisting five; a pretty poor showing for any striker.
The move will if anything free up some funds for Unai Emery to potentially work with today, however, ultimately it’s the North London side who will be drowning their sorrows over this one.