Surely Time to Give Lucas Perez a Chance

When Lucas Perez joined Arsenal, he like the majority of us thought he would be a permanent fixture in the side. With Arsenal’s top four hopes slipping away, surely it is time for Arsene Wenger to show some faith in Perez.

Every time Lucas Perez has come off the bench for Arsenal he has made an impact. Lucas Perez has featured sparingly for Arsenal since his £17m arrival from Deportivo La Coruna, when you pay that amount of money for a player, you certainly expect him to be involved more than he has been. Lucas was seen as an alternative to Giroud when he arrived at the Emirates Stadium, but Sanchez’s redeployment as a striker has been an unexpected success since then. It has pushed Lucas out of the reckoning up front, but the Spaniard is just as comfortable on the flanks. His pace, movement and eye for goal are comparable to Walcott’s, so it is curious that he did not have more chances whilst Walcott was injured.

Competition for places is undoubtedly an issue, but why else might Wenger be so reluctant to put him in the team? The Arsenal boss has praised his natural finishing ability and talked up his technique. His critics may say that he has not adapted to the English game, however he cannot adapt to it if he isn’t given a chance. Wenger knows the ability the player possesses and in the clubs current position, it wouldn’t harm them to give the Spaniard a run in the side. It wouldn’t surprise me if Perez chose to leave the Emirates in the summer in search for regular games.

Meanwhile Arsene Wenger stated that his future has not been sorted out ‘completely’. A terrible run of six defeats in their last nine games has seen Arsenal eliminated from the Champions League and facing an uphill struggle to finish in the top four.

The Arsenal manager, speaking at a press conference today, said: “I am very clear in my mind. Do I stay two more years?
“My commitment will be the same. It does not influence my attitude. I’ve always been clear in my mind. It’s a subject that is not sorted completely.”

Wenger disagreed that his uncertain future was impacting on the teams performances, adding “I believe the priority in life is to focus on what is important. Not to look for excuses. “The results aren’t going as we want. The priority is on the pitch. The big professional is to perform on the football pitch.”

Arsenal have never finished outside the top four under Arsene Wenger. The club have a difficult game at home to Manchester City on Sunday, followed by to London derbies, one at home to West Ham United on Wednesday and away to Crystal Palace on Monday 10th April. The next few games are must win for Arsenal if they stand any chance of finishing in the top four.

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