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Arsenal announce Lucas Perez signing: "This is why I rejected other offers to join Arsenal"


New Arsenal signing Lucas Perez says he rejected other offers to move to Arsenal to win titles and to feature in the Champions League.

The 27-year-old was a target for Everton and Barcelona but decided to move to the Emirates.

He is Arsene Wenger's fifth summer signing and follows Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano, Rob Holding and Kelechi Nwakali in arriving at Arsenal this summer.

"I'm delighted," he told the club's official website.

"It's a massive step in my career to come to a club with the history and quality that Arsenal have and be able to play in competitions like the Premier League and the Champions League. I'm very proud and happy to be here.

"I was really happy and flattered when I heard about Arsenal's interest. I was very hopeful to get the chance to come here.

"There was some contact when the transfer window opened. As always in football, clubs have to evaluate what they need, but they showed interest when they got in contact. Things happened more quickly towards the end of the window so it could be made official.

"[Arsenal are] great side, they're fighting for titles, they play in Europe and they're just a massive club. They have some fantastic players and that attracts all players."

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