Arsene Wenger thinks the arrival of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi to the Emirates will signify a brilliant transfer window for Arsenal, as it would mean the North Londoners have met the target set at the start of the summer.
The Arsenal boss also refuted talks that the transfers of Lucas and Mustafi are panic buys after the Gunners missed out on their prime targets.
With the exception of Granit Xhaka, who arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach for £34m, Arsenal have managed to sign £3m Rob Holding as well as Takuma Asano [now on loan at Stuttgart]. Both Holding and Asano are not seen as immediate fix and as such, Wenger continued his lookout for a defender and a striker.
Arsenal failed to lure Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to the Emirates, while Alexandre Lacazette also opted to remain with Lyon. Hence, the North London club switched their attentions to Lucas – as he prefers to be called. Arsenal will now announce the transfer of the striker imminently, with reports he has passed his medical examinations.
On the other hand, Mustafi is the centre-half pinpointed by Arsenal all summer and Wenger seems to have finally sealed the deal with Valencia for the transfer of the £35m German.
“Look at my face. Is this the face of someone who tends to panic buy?”, Wenger said, beaming with smiles, during his pre-Watford match conference [Guardian].
“No, it is the case that everybody is waiting to get the deals done. When a [foreign] club wants to sell to an English club today they ask for a huge amount of money. So it takes a long time to settle [on a price]. In the next two or three days everybody will find agreements.”
Lucas, 27, was predominantly an attacking midfielder or a winger and, it was only last season he made the transition to playing as a centre-forward regularly. Wenger believes the Spanish striker will be brilliant in his new position, giving his qualities.