According to Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery is ready to give forgotten forward Lucas Perez an opportunity to impress in pre-season training on his return from a loan spell with Deportivo La Coruna, and Gunners fans have been quick to react to the rumour.
The 29-year-old’s future at the Emirates Stadium looked to be in doubt after he was sent back on loan to the La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna following a tough debut campaign for the north London outfit, in which he made just 21 appearances.
However, after netting nine times and providing a further eight assists for the Spanish club in 37 outings in total this term, Emery is reportedly ready to give his national compatriot a chance to stake his claim for a spot on the wing or as a back-up striker next term, and he could be competing with the likes of Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck.
Arsenal supporters, who will not be impressed with Emery’s potential plan for Mesut Ozil in the 2018/19 campaign, took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said “hope Perez can be like Pires for us next season”, another simply said he is a “Welbeck replacement”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I hope Unai Emery sees what we see. Lucas Pérez is a top quality talent and he deserves a place in this team ahead of both Iwobi and Welbeck.
— Josh (@JM9973_) May 24, 2018
Keep him and sell Welbeck
— IG:@dammyjewoola (@dammyjewoola) May 25, 2018
— Pol Geo (@legendsilver) May 24, 2018
Hope Perez can be like pires for us next season. Winger and score more
— Ian Gooner (@AldriyanR) May 24, 2018
He’s better than Iwobi
— Brad Potter (@Brad_Potter04) May 24, 2018
He could come good under Unai.I wonder if Joel Campbell will also get a chance to impress the new boss
— #WelcomeUnai (@TeeMaIzzy) May 24, 2018
We will need him if we are to play Aubs and Laca together. Perez would be an awesome back up to them
— Luke Sebastian (@_LukeSebastian) May 24, 2018
I’ll tell you what, he’s better and more productive than Iwobi and oxlade
— Jimmy Darcée (@The_One1001) May 24, 2018
— Prophet Gooner (@RodrigoHalop) May 24, 2018
I’m a Gooner and also follow Deportivo. He’s not had the greatest of seasons in Spain last year on loan but prior to that was an excellent talent and right attributes to be an excellent squad player. So much better than Welbeck or Iwobi so pleased about this.
— J.A. Billings ???? (@BillingsUk) May 24, 2018
Could well be curtains for Danny.
— JustJack (@justjack652) May 24, 2018