Spanish attacker Lucas Perez could be heading for a summer exit from the Emirates after having grown frustrated by the lack of playing time under manager Arsene Wenger.
The 28-year-old linked up with the Gunners from Deportivo La Coruna in a late move last summer despite being the subject of interest from rivals Everton.
He has since struggled to cement a regular spot in the Wenger’s XI with the Frenchman in favour of the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi ahead of him for the wide positions.
Perez is understood to have the ambition of representing Spain at the World Cup finals in 2018, and his current situation could hamper his chances of earning a debut call-up with ‘La Roja’ prior to the major showpiece.
With age not on his side, Perez has previously hinted that he could call quits on his Gunners career, and according to Goal.com, he has become restless over his present treatment at the north London club.
Perez may not be the only player looking for a summer exit with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Hector Bellerin, and Jack Wilshere all being tipped to move elsewhere.
The uncapped Spaniard has impressed with his minimal game time this season, having netted seven goals and five assists in just 20 outings – 11 of them from the substitutes’ bench.
Fellow league club Southampton had been linked with a potential approach for the attacker during the winter period, and it would not be a surprise if the South Coast club are in the running for his services come the summer.
Perez currently has a contract with Arsenal until 2020, and the club will probably command the £17.1m sum paid to Deportivo last year if he is to push for a summer exit.
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