COMMENT By Matt Farr
Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways when they go up against English football minnows Lincoln City in the FA Cup sixth round on Saturday.
It will be a game Arsenal will be expected to win, but following the difficulties faced to overcome Sutton in the previous round, coupled with their recent miserable form, there will be nerves in the Gunners camp.
But Arsene Wenger is not likely to take the fixture lightly, and is expected to name a fairly strong side to ensure safe passage through to the latter stages of the competition.
Whether that line up will include fan favourite Lucas Perez, meanwhile, is another story.
However, if Perez does not land a place in Wenger’s starting eleven to face Lincoln, his career at the club will be all but over.
The 28-year-old has grown frustrated at a lack of regular first-team action following his move from Deportivo at the start of the season, but given his displays for the club when handed the opportunity, who could blame him?
Perez has performed very well for the club, scoring seven goals and supplying five assists from 20 appearances in all competitions, but he has been restricted to intermittent appearances.
The Spaniard has started just two of his 11 Premier League appearances this term, accumulating just 85 minutes of league football across his last five appearances.
He has seen a little more action in cup competitions, starting in all six of Arsenal’s matches in domestic cup competitions, but given the club’s recent struggles in the Premier League, he has done more than enough to earn a run of games.
Fans have already made their feelings known on Twitter for Perez’s lack of action in recent months, and they fear that it could see him leave the club in the summer transfer window.
Reports have also emerged that Perez would be quitting the club at the next available opportunity, with his agent claiming that he was extremely unhappy with his bit-part role at the Emirates.
However, the reports were later denied; hinting that he could be set to stay beyond the summer.
But if there is no improvement upon his current level of game-time at Arsenal between now and the end of the season, there is no doubt that he will be headed for the exit door quicker than fans can say ‘Wenger Out’.
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