Arsene Wenger
Reuters

Arsenal have confirmed Spanish forward Lucas Perez has joined the Gunners from Deportivo La Coruna.

The north London club were short of options up front, leaving Arsene Wenger with his compatriot Olivier Giroud as the only choice up front. Theo Walcott has been deployed on the wings, while the former Manchester United star Danny Welbeck is recovering from injury and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Perez's addition will give another dimension to Arsenal's attack, who managed to win their first match of the 2016/17 season when they registered a 3-1 victory over Watford last weekend.

A statement on Arsenal's official website read, "Spanish forward Lucas Perez is joining us from Deportivo La Coruna."

"The 27-year-old enjoyed a prolific season in La Liga in 2015/16. He scored 19 goals in all competitions, including 17 in the league.

"This included a spell when he scored seven goals in seven successive games, matching the record of former Brazilian striker Bebeto. He also scored in the opening game of this La Liga campaign, against Eibar.

"Lucas began his career in Spain with Atletico Madrid C and then Rayo Vallecano. Spells with Karpaty Lviv in Ukraine and PAOK in Greece followed, before he returned to his home region of Galicia with Deportivo La Coruna in 2014."

After completing his move, Arsenal manager has explained what Perez can bring to the Emirates.

"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. He's got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year," Wenger explained.