Martin Keown: Why Lucas Perez is a bright spot for Arsenal

The Arsenal legend singles out Lucas Perez for special praise

Martin Keown says Lucas Perez was one of the only positives to come from Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.

The uncapped Spanish forward didn’t start the six-goal thriller despite being named in Arsene Wenger’s XI for their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in their last home game in the Premier League.

The Arsenal manager turned to Perez in the final 27 minutes at the Vitality Stadium with the north London side trailing 3-0 against Eddie Howe’s men following a disastrous start to the Premier League clash.

Alexis Sanchez started the comeback before Perez opened his Premier League account with a sumptuous volley before Olivier Giroud equalised in added time at the end of the second half.

Former Arsenal defender Keown felt that Perez produced a glimmer of light for the club’s supporters after an otherwise disappointing performance.

“Another bright spot was summer signing Lucas Perez, whose absolutely outstanding strike pulled them back to 3-2,” Keown told The Daily Mail.

“There’s an element of luck involed in a scorpion kick, but let me tell you, when the ball’s coming over your head you’re only going to connect properly one time in 20 – let alone put it where you want it. Trust me, I’ve tried it!

“The Spaniard played well after coming on in the second half, he kept things neat and tidy and didn’t look to overplay. He looks like a very useful player and you can see why Wenger signed him.”

Perez moved to Arsenal in a £19m deal from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer transfer window.

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Arsenal are in fifth place in the table and eight points behind Chelsea.

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