By Harry Sykes
Lucas Perez made his Arsenal comeback in their 2-0 League Cup defeat to Southampton on Wednesday night – and Gunners fans were unimpressed with the striker’s performance.
Perez returned to the team after a month on the sidelines with a foot injury sustained in Arsenal’s previous match in the competition, a 2-0 win against Reading.
But the striker was unable to add to his meagre two-goal tally for the London club on a night when a weakened Arsenal side lacked cohesion and were dumped out of the cup.
Goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand gave the Saints a two-goal advantage in the first half that they hold on to in the second half.
With Alexis Sanchez rested and Olivier Giroud injured, Arsene Wenger gave the nod for Perez, who joined Arsenal for £17million from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, to spearhead the attack in what was only his fourth start for the club.
But the Spaniard appeared to be rusty and could not add to the two goals he scored against Nottingham Forest earlier in the competition.
Supporters did not rate Perez’s comeback too highly, although there was some sympathy that he did not play in a strong side.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Lucas Perez is a fraud #afc
— Pius Obi✗ (@iambrinny) November 30, 2016
It’s really unfair how Lucas always plays with the second tier team, he won’t be given a good chance to prove himself. #afc
— Feras فراس (@FerasAlD) November 30, 2016
Lucas surely a panic buy. Don’t see much value in him 😢 #afc
— kbkoh (@kohkb) November 30, 2016
— P.O † (@PO_NEILL) November 30, 2016
Lucas is looking like a poor signing. Doesn’t seem like he’s good enough to be honest. Another waste of the #9. #afc
— Dev (@GrailOfFutbol) November 30, 2016
Perez has been terrible. #Afc
— Pencilotician (@LosikaPhantom) November 30, 2016
Liverpool and Hull have already qualified for the semi-finals, with Manchester United and West Ham in the other quarter-final on Wednesday night.
In other Arsenal news, there is a Europe-wide stampede for a Gunners wonderkid in the January transfer window.