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It may only be one game into the new La Liga season, but Lucas has picked up where he left off, scoring the winning penalty as Deportivo beat Eibar 2-1 on the opening weekend, having grabbed an assist for his side's equaliser.

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

The Spaniard's tally of 17 league goals trumps that of both Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez, who could muster only 16 and 13 respectively.

Giroud did score slightly more frequently than Perez, but his conversion of shots into goals was almost five percentage points worse.

After initially playing a bit-part role in Thessaloniki, Lucas secured a spot for himself playing out wide. His first season brought 10 goals and 15 assists in all competitions and led to him being snapped up by Deportivo on loan.

He may not be the most fashionable signing, nor the most expensive at £17million, but could Lucas Perez be the man to finally change Arsenal from a team that tries to walk it into the net to a team that simply rains goals? He has the potential to become Wenger's shrewdest buy in years.

Arsene Wenger has come under increasing scrutiny from fans and press alike over his transfer policy this summer, but the Gunners announced the signing of the Spaniard from Deportivo La Coruna on Tuesday afternoon.

His return to Spain was made permanent in the summer of 2015 and he finished the following season as the club's top scorer.

Lucas has arrived for £17m, a relative bargain for a man who scored or assisted 25 goals in La Liga last season and Wenger is delighted to get his man.

But who exactly is Lucas? And how would he fit in at Arsenal?

Though the likely signing of centre-back Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia could shore things up at the rear, Arsenal have targeted Perez in an effort to preempt their perennial mid-season goalscoring drought.

Deportivo striker Lucas Perez is on his way to Arsenal today as Arsene Wenger makes a late dash into the transfer market.

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So just who is he, what is his playing style and how will he fit in at Arsenal?

Arsenal fans have been crying out for a new striker, and Lucas fits the bill - although he isn't quite the big name the Gunners have been linked to in the current window. 

The parsimonious Gunners had been looking increasingly desperate amid a defensive injury crisis, having been denied in pursuit of the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette in recent months.

At 5ft 11in Lucas is not a hulking target man like Olivier Giroud, but he's not just a poacher either.

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.

Considering his team's limitations, the statistics paint Perez as a beacon of efficiency upfield - and his record compares favourably with that of any of his future teammates at the Emirates Stadium.

Lucas is fast and full of energy, whether playing out wide or centrally he will hassle defenders and look to play off the last man.

Lucas is technically weak in the air and doesn't win a lot of his aerial duels but can hold the still ball up well and would prove a better attacking fulcrum than the likes of Theo Walcott.

Now 27, Lucas Pérez, known simply as Lucas, is the archetypal late bloomer. He was highly rated as a youngster and moved around numerous lower league clubs in Spain. But in 2007, aged 18, he caught the eye of Atletico Madrid and spent two seasons playing for their 'C' team in the Tercera Division.

Wenger may have been turned down by Jamie Vardy, but in Lucas he has found someone who can perform a similar role.

In the summer of 2013, the Spaniard signed a three-year deal worth 700,000 Euros (around £599,270) with Greek club PAOK although only featured prominently for one season before going on loan to Deportivo for the 2014/15 campaign.

Although manager Arsene Wenger has elbowed past Everton to get to Perez, questions remain as to whether the forward could really be the signing to give Arsenal an edge in the Premier League title race. 

Wenger and Arsenal's fans will see Lucas as their new striker, but he is unlikely to solely play as a No.9.

He netted 17 goals in 36 appearances for Depor as they secured their place in the Spanish top flight for another season with a 15th-place finish. Lucas' total was more than Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres. 

Fellow summer signing Mustafi played against Perez in Spain last term and believes he will make a big difference at the Emirates

After a few weeks back in Greece, the striker signed a permanent four-year deal with the La Liga club in August 2015 and came into his own last season. 

Everton had already agreed personal terms with Deportivo La Coruña forward Lucas, but the deal collapsed following late interest from Arsenal.

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As Depor slogged their way to 15th in the Primera division, drawing nearly half their games and winning only eight - the joint-lowest in the league - Perez shone.

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It was then that Lucas made a move abroad, signing for Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv as a free agent in January 2011 and also had a short loan spell at Dynamo Kiev. However, he failed to make an appearance and he later described it as 'the worst four months of my life'. 

The Spaniard is likely to be used in the same way he was at Deportivo rather than on the wing, although it gives Wenger another option if Alexis Sanchez needs to be rested or picks up an injury. 

Last season, Lucas was used exclusively as a striker by Depor.

The striker made a few appearances for the Rayo first team in the Segunda division, playing five times and scoring one goal as the side were promoted to La Liga at the end of the 2010/11 season.

He will fill in on the left should Sanchez need a break and could also play as a secondary striker with Giroud.

With Giroud still getting back in shape after Euro 2016 and Danny Welbeck a long-term absentee, Lucas - who is already up and running this season - is set to spearhead of the Gunners' strike-force in the coming weeks. 

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