Arsenal manager takes jibe at new-buy even after winning performance in League Cup
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be overly pleased with his team’s business in the recent transfer window.
The manager wanted to sign big European names that will lift the club that extra step, but he was not able to get his hands on any of the top transfer targets in the summer transfer window.
Wenger wanted the likes of Jamie Vardy, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mauro Icardi this summer but had to settle for in-form La Liga star Lucas Perez.
The former La Coruna forward made his second start for the club in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday but was not able to impress his manager.
He was largely ineffective at that start of the game and only came into the game after he coolly tucked away a penalty to give his side a 2 goal lead.
He went on to score another with some dazzling feet and also set up Oxlade-Chamberlain on goal late in the game to round off an impressive team performance but the manager did not seem to be too pleased with his striker’s performance.
Perez was not able to link up with his midfield on several occasions and Wenger had himself heard after the game.
Talking to the media after the game, Wenger felt that the brace will give the former La Liga man plenty of confidence. He said, ” Of course, a striker is always growing when he scores goals.”
He went on to describe that his second goal showed what he can do with the ball at his feet and felt that he will get better the more game time he gets.
“But I like his second goal because he has shown not only technique but determination and fight for the ball and finishing and I like that. The part he played in the goal of Oxlade-Chamberlain shows his awareness of other people and it is intelligent play,” Wenger said.
However, the manager felt that the 28-year old is a bit too reliant on his strong foot and felt that Perez needs to use his right foot, his weaker one, more comfortably, if he is to succeed in England.
“He did well. He’s quick, he’s determined. He uses well his left foot – a bit too much for my taste. He doesn’t use his right enough. Overall he’s like all the left-footed players, you know,” Wenger said about his new striker.
However, he also felt that a victory from the game was the most important thing and that he happy to move into the next round of the domestic cup.
“But the most important thing for me is that we win the game. Who scores is not so important but for the player individually it’s good because he can convince people he can play for us. It will help himself as well to grow in belief,” Wenger added.
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