It seems that Spanish striker Lucas Perez could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis this summer. Perez spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, who suffered relegation to the Spanish Segunda.
In truth, Perez failed to impress at the club where he first made his name. He has little chance of staying with the north London club, especially with the exit of veteran Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
According to his agent Rodrigo Fernandez, Italian club Lazio wants to sign Perez this summer. Fernandez is reported to have said: “Lazio asked for him last year, but nothing came of it.
“Lucas has always liked Lazio and the city of Rome, plus his great friend, Luis Alberto, plays for them. He still has two years left on his contract with Arsenal, so we need to talk to them first.
“As for Lucas, he likes the idea of playing for Lazio, but it’s still too early to talk about it.”
Never good enough to be a regular for Arsenal
Lucas Perez is the classic example of why Arsenal has not been successful under Arsene Wenger in recent years. When the Gunners needed a top quality striker, Wenger decided to take the chance on the Spanish striker at a fee of around £17million, not a massive fee even before the crazy transfer prices of last summer.
In truth, Perez had enjoyed one prolific season in his whole career. It was enough to see the Gunners and Everton fight over his signature. It turns out the north London club would have been better off letting the Toffees have the forward.
Through no fault of his own, Lucas Perez never really had sufficient quality to lead the line for Arsenal on a regular basis. He was actually quite a useful impact substitute, but he was not what the Gunners needed at the time. Wenger signed ‘Perez-like’ players far too much, who were just not good enough to make the grade at the club.
Good luck to Perez
I have to say luck to Lucas Perez wherever he ends up this summer. I have no doubts that he will leave Arsenal this summer. He is a trier and maybe at a slightly lesser level, he could thrive with regular first-team football.
However, in terms of quality, he was never an Arsenal player and Wenger should never have signed him. Let’s hope this summer arrivals make a bigger impact at the club.
Where will Lucas Perez be plying his trade next season?