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1st Jan, 2017 | 3:30pm

Arsenal fans react on Twitter as Lucas Perez starts v Crystal Palace

By Will Butcher

Arsenal fans have reacted with delight on Twitter after Lucas Perez was named in the Gunners starting eleven to face Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The 28-year-old has started just one other Premier League match this season, but comes into the side to replace Germany international Mesut Ozil who misses out through illness.

Summer signing Perez starts alongside attackers Alex Iwobi, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud for Arsene Wenger’s side, as Arsenal confirmed the official team news on their Twitter account.

Arsenal’s number nine has made just 10 league and cup appearances for the Gunners, as he struggles to oust Giroud and Sanchez for a place in the starting line up.

However, Perez has now been given a chance against Sam Allardyce’s new side as he looks to nail down a starting place in the north London giants line up.

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Arsenal fans were excited on Twitter to see the former Deportivo striker start for the Gunners on Sunday afternoon, as Wenger looks to choose the side that will secure three points and propel his side to third in the Premier League table.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

A £17.1million signing from La Liga outfit Deportivo, Perez will make his first start in the league since September when he featured from the off against Southampton.

In other Arsenal news, Graeme Souness has revealed what lies ahead for the Gunners in 2017.