Since arriving from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, Lucas Perez has bizarrely found opportunities at Arsenal extremely limited- despite performing excellently in the periods where he has taken to the field for the first-team.
Perez, who’s shining moments include a Champions League hat-trick against FC Basel, is desperate to play for Spain at the 2018 World Cup and will feel it’s his last opportunity at representing Los Rojas at a major international tournament- as he’s now 28.
Having found himself behind Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order, the opportunities for Perez in the remainder of the season look bleak but he is expected to feature in the FA Cup against Sutton United on Monday.
Just why Lucas Perez remains out of contention in the pecking order at Arsenal is relatively baffling considering his excellent form this season, whilst those selected ahead of him, namely Alex Iwobi, have struggled to perform consistently.
Perez has averaged a goal every 133 minutes this season and his personal stats are extremely impressive- with the Spaniard scoring eight goals and providing five assists during his 17 appearances across all competitions.
Having paid £17.5m for the player last year, Lucas Perez should definitely be featuring more and will be expected to shine against Sutton United on Monday, which could perhaps open the door to more regularly opportunities as Iwobi has struggled recently.