By Russell Edge
Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is considering leaving the club in the summer with a return back to Spain a likely destination, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the 28-year-old is frustrated with his lack of opportunities at the North London club, and is ready to move away in search of first-team action.
The report claims that Perez believed he would be given a starting berth by manager Arsene Wenger, but has only appeared in the Arsenal starting XI six times across all competitions this season.
The report also claims that a return to former club Deportivo La Coruna is a possibility and that he’d be welcomed back at the club.
Perez joined Arsenal from Deportivo last summer for £17million and despite winning fans over, has never been given much of a chance by Wenger.
His last appearance in an Arsenal shirt was against non-league Lincoln in the FA Cup in March, when he came off the bench.
If Arsenal’s season has been poor, it’s been a nightmare for Perez – one he’ll be hoping to put behind him with his next move.
Football Insider verdict:
It seems that Perez has failed to do enough to convince boss Arsene Wenger to give him a chance this season, despite the Gunners’ injury woes and disappointing form. Six goals in 17 appearances, only six of those starts, makes good reading for admirers of the Spanish striker. Despite managing to grab a hat-trick against Basel in the Champions League, only Wenger will know why Perez has been given a chance in the starting XI. With all their issues this season it seems like a poor managerial choice, and now the French manager is stuck with an unhappy player desperate to leave. If Arsenal were in top form you could understand it, but with the way their season has gone, Perez remains a mystery.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have been linked with a top European defender.