New Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has opened his account with a brace in Gunners’ 4-0 EFL Cup victory at Nottingham Forest.
Granit Xhaka ensured Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time, however it was 27-year-old Perez, who joined from Deportivo la Coruna for £17.1m, who sealed victory in the EFL Cup third-round game with two second-half goals.
He opened his Arsenal account from the penalty spot in the 60th minute and then added his second in the 71st minute.
The Spaniard also played a role in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fourth goal. It left manager Arsene Wenger delighted.
“He has shown what I expected from him,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“He has shown he works hard for the team and he can score goals but he has shown he can also be a team player, especially for the fourth goal that Oxlade-Chamberlain scored. He played a big part in that.
“I’m very pleased with the effort he put in and with the quality he showed.”
Wenger was likewise happy with another new signing Xhaka, who scored his second goal in Arsenal jersey.
Xhaka had scored a thrilling long-range strike in his side’s 4-1 win at Hull at theweekend and he did it again against Forest.
On his goalscoring Wenger said, “I knew he had a good shot but he played very deep last year and didn’t get forward a lot.
“I hope that will give him a taste for more but it’s great for him to get confidence as well and to know that he can score goals.”
Wenger was pleased Perez and Xhaka “have shown they have the quality to play for Arsenal.”
He added: “That’s never easy because the demands are very high on the players.
“I hope they’ve convinced our supporters and everybody that loves our club that they can be part of us.”