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Wenger praises two-goal Perez as Arsenal rolls Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal - EFL Cup Third Round

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Lucas Perez (C) of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with Jeff Reine-Adelaide (L) and Chuba Akpom of Arsenal during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on September 20, 2016 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Lucas Perez has his first two Arsenal goals after striking twice in the Gunners’ 4-0 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

The $22 million man arrived from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer transfer window, and showed a very deft touch to go with a bulldog run for his second goal.

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The showing left manager Arsene Wenger quite impressed, with his only critique being that the left footer uses his left foot a lot.


“I liked his second goal because it was not only technique but it was determination, to fight for the ball and finish, I liked as well the part he played in the goal of Oxlade-Chamberlain because it shows that he can combine with other people and that he is an intelligent player.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Granit Xhaka also scored for Arsenal in the road win, with USMNT prospect Gedion Zelalem subbing on for the final 7 minutes.

Next up for the Gunners: a Saturday afternoon visit from Chelsea.

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