Frustrated by the lack of game time despite impressing fans and pundits during his first weeks at the club, Arsenal striker and Spanish national Lucas Perez has signalled his intention to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old Lucas made his first start for the Gunners back in September of last year, when Arsenal faced Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the League Cup. His full ninety-minute debut couldn’t have gone any better, as the Spaniard managed to score two goals and notched an assist to afford his side a commanding 4-0 win.
As it stands, the former Deportivo La Coruna goal-poacher has been in commendable form for Arsene Wenger’s side, scoring six goals and assisting in five more in 17 appearances for Arsenal so far this season.
And yet, despite his impressive performances, Lucas couldn’t seem to break into the Gunners first-team. Indeed, out of the 17 appearances the La Coruna-born striker made for Arsenal this season, only eight of those were starts, the rest came from the bench. He hasn’t even made a full ninety in the league yet.
As such, his frustration is understandable – and now the former Atletico Madrid reservist has decided he wants out. Indeed, according to sports news outlet Goal.com, Lucas has told the club he is prepared to leave at the end of the season should there be no improvement in his playing time.
Lucas has found himself confused over the lack of opportunities afford to him despite his good showing and is certainly eager to get more playing time in order to have any chance of securing a spot in the Spanish national team shortlist for the 2018 World Cup. If he won’t have it at the Emirates Stadium, then the former PAOK striker will look for pastures anew.
Such a move will definitely be a disappointment for Arsenal, especially since the Gunners had just bought Lucas at the beginning of the season for a transfer fee of £17m and had the player tied down to a long-term contract.
Whether Lucas remains in contract with Arsenal beyond the end of the season, however, is still uncertain.
Lucas’ contract with Arsenal is set to run until 2020.