In Focus: Arsenal set to let forward leave this summer; decision seems harsh

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Arsenal striker Lucas Perez looks set to leave the club during the summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Spanish attacker hasn’t made an appearance since he came off of the substitutes’ bench in the win against Lincoln in March, and he looks set to be left out of the squad when the Gunners host Manchester United in a crucial Premier League clash at the Emirates on Sunday.

The 28-year-old has been absent because of a thigh problem but despite returning to training last month, he also missed out on the 18 for the matches against Leicester City and the final ever north London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane last weekend.

What’s gone wrong for Perez?

It’s difficult to say.

Perez would have expected to get more first team minutes having made a £17.1m move from Deportivo La Coruna last summer, but Arsene Wenger has obviously been unimpressed with him in training and when he has appeared on the pitch despite it being another disappointing campaign for the Gunners.

Perez has scored seven goals and provided a further five assists in 21 appearances though – with the majority of those outings coming from the substitutes’ bench – to show that he perhaps does have something to offer.

Where could he go?

The 28-year-old is being linked with a move back to Deportivo but it would likely be a loan move rather than a permanent fee as Arsenal would look to recoup as much of the fee they paid for him last year as possible.

What’s the verdict, then?

It may seem harsh considering he hasn’t been given a proper run in the side, but there seems to be no doubt that if Arsene Wenger stays with Arsenal this summer, Perez won’t.

 


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