By Reece Dixon
Lucas Perez may just be the best player to have never been given a proper chance by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
The Frenchman is renowned for affording opportunity to players he sees as promising, particularly youngsters nurtured form the Arsenal academy.
And after signing Perez last summer, it seemed Wenger would implement the striker into a forward three alongside Sanchez and one other.
Yet to everyone’s surprise, the Gunners boss rarely utilised the man who Arsenal coughed up £17 million in order to convince Deportivo La Coruna to sell.
Perez scored 17 league goals for the La Liga outfit, but the Spaniard was handed just two Premier League starts all season for Arsenal
When provided opportunity, the hitman grasped it with both hands. He netted a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for the club and Arsenal fans should not forget his outstanding volley which played it’s part in the dramatic 3-3 draw at Bournemouth.
Perez is now desperate to leave his Emirates nightmare and has been linked with a move back to Spain.
According to reports, his agent has flown to England to complete a deal, following the news that Arsenal’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette was sneakily handed the Spaniard’s No 9 shirt – Perez was said to be incensed after not being consulted over the decision.
All in all, it appears to be a case of mismanagement and missed opportunity on Arsene Wenger’s part – no one will really know just how good Perez could have performed in the red and white.
Gooners, how do you feel about the way Lucas Perez was handled? Have we missed out? Or has Wenger called this one right? Let us know in the comments…