Lucas Perez’s agent has responded to claims that the striker is unhappy at Arsenal and could leave the Emirates club on loan in January, according to reports in Calciomercato.
The Spanish striker joined the North London club from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, but has found it difficult to command a starting spot.
Sanchez is currently the preferred man upfront ahead of Giroud, who has also been unhappy with his current role of starting from the bench.
Lucas has been getting some game time in EFL, but the striker might find it difficult to displace the fore-mentioned players atleast as far as Premier League is concerned.
Perez’s agent Rodrigo Fernandez Llovelle has rubbished the exit reports, claiming that Wenger and Arsenal are happy with the striker. Speaking to Calciomercato, he said:
[Lucas]He’s not playing because he is injured.
He has no intention of leaving, Arsenal and Wenger are very happy with him. Maybe try asking them!
When queried further on whether there is a chance of the striker moving to Italy, Rodrigo revealed that the Spanish star’s current focus is only on Arsenal. He added:
[on queried whether he will join Napoli or Inter?]Not at the moment, no.
He was playing, but he hurt his ankle. He’s been out for over a month.
[Is a loan move possible?]He’s only thinking about Arsenal at the moment.
It has been a tough few days for the Spaniard, as he has hardly got any minutes since joining the club and is now out with injury. He hasn’t got any chance to prove himself yet, but with festive fixtures coming next month there will be enough scope to show his talents to the boss.
However, on the flip side he hasn’t got much time as Welbeck will be returning early next year and unless the former Deportivo player makes a mark before that, he might face a tough time at the club as he will be the 3rd choice striker. So, the 28-year-old will definitely get his chance, but he should be ready to grab it both hands.
The exit rumours seems to have been made up to fill up the papers, as the chances of Perez leaving in January are next to none. The Gunners have often faced the issue of strikers fading out in the last few months derailing their title hopes, so I don’t think Wenger would like that to happen again.