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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been heavily criticised for starting new summer signing Lucas Perez ahead of Olivier Giroud on Saturday (September 10) with fans claiming they are disappointed with him in his debut after failing to have a single shot on target.
The Spaniard was signed from Deportivo La Corona for £17m after a sensational season scoring 17 goals.
Asked by Arsenal’s official website if Perez will provide goals, Wenger said: ‘I hope so.
‘I think he got 17 goals last year. In the second half, I think he combined much better. It is not easy as well to start at home, the pressure is there for everybody and everybody has their eyes on them.’
He continued: ‘Let’s give [Lucas] time. We have scored goals since the start of the season, but we bought one more striker because we thought we needed one more let’s give him time and not judge him too quickly.’