By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger expressed his frustration, claiming Danzell Gravenberch’s bad tackle was deliberate as Lucas Perez was injured during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory against Reading on Tuesday evening.
Gravenberch was a substitute for Reading in the EFL Cup clash and after a collision between the pair, Perez limped off in the 72nd minute.
The 28 year-old could be out until Christmas amid reports he may have sustained serious damage to his ankle following Gravenberch’s tackle.
Wenger admitted he was frustrated at the tackle which has left Perez injured and claimed it was an unnecessary reaction from the Reading substitute.
“It’s very frustrating because he [Perez] worked really hard to get there. Of course he is absolutely gutted, because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick,” said Wenger, as reported by The Guardian.
“It is a similar tackle to [Granit] Xhaka, but there was no red card. But the red card would not have helped Perez. What is the most important thing is that he is out for six to eight weeks.
“It was not needed. I think it was a more frustrated reaction from the player. He had no chance to get the ball like that, but you have to deal with that.”
Perez joined the Gunners in the summer after completing a £17 million switch from Deportivo but has struggled to get much game time since his arrival.
The attacker has made just one league start this season against Southampton in September and has made just six first team appearances, with two of those coming in the EFL Cup.
After scoring just two league cup goals, he has struggled to compete with Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott for a position in the side.