According to reports, Arsenal’s new signing Lucas Perez who has had an injury plagued season till now might be shipped out on loan in the January transfer window with Alexis Sanchez and Giroud preferred by Arsene Wenger for the striker’s role.
The La Roja footballer left defenders scurrying for cover with his immense pace and flair in the previous La Liga season when playing for Deportivo. The fact that he has a good work rate and good positioning makes it all the more attractive.
17 goals were scored by Lucas Perez which is an impressive tally considering the lack of support for a forward at a small club working on a shoe-string budget. The fact that he was never been able to earn a call up for the national team left onlookers astonished.
One key point however is that Perez has been a late bloomer. He gathered attention only at the age of 26. Even after performing for Atletico and Rayo Vallecano, he was forced to remain in the shadows owing to lack of opportunities.
Wenger was willing to overlook Perez as he got negative reports from scouts regarding the marksman’s abilities and suitability. However when the Frenchman did not pursue forwards like Yedder and Lacazette, the fans pressurized him to pursue Shkodran Mustafi and Perez which was one big factor behind the latter’s move to north London.
Alexis Sanchez was assigned the striker’s role by Wenger with the Chilean’s impressive finishing and overall contribution fitting the overall profile Wenger desires. Sanchez cannot function as a back to goal striker like Giroud but at the same time he drops deep and adapts himself according to Ozil’s requirements. The fluid and mobile front three at Arsenal currently has been possible mainly because of Sanchez’s adaptive nature.
With Girourd becoming Wenger’s new go to impact sub, Perez might be facing a bleak future. With a pass success percentage of 74.4, 0.3 tackles per game and just 0.3% shots per game in the Premier League the stats are not extremely impressive either.
However,the 17.1 million signing has hardly enjoyed game time as Sanchez has been scoring goals with gusto. Girourd delivered the goods when given an opportunity as he scored the equaliser in the fixture against Manchester United where Arsenal looked all set to suffer a 1-0 loss.
With hardly 88 minutes of league game time and an injury against Reading in the EFL cup which has sidelined him till the beginning of the January transfer window it will be interesting to see whether Wenger decides to support Lucas Perez or offload him on a loan deal like he did with Jack Wilshere to a club where he can prove himself in English football.
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