It was one of my own personal big disappointments of the season watching Lucas Perez rot on the Arsenal bench, while Giroud was given every chance to redeem himself in front of the Arsenal fans. Even at the beginning of the season, Wenger opted to play Alexis Sanchez as centre-forward even though Le Prof admitted that the left-wing was his preferred position.
Perez couldn’t have done any more when he was given an opportunity. He only played the Spaniard in one Champions League game and he scored a hat-trick, something that Giroud took three years to achieve, but was swiftly stuck back on the bench again. That strikes me as being patently unfair and there is little wonder that the 28 year-old is keen to get back to Spain.
After being left on the bench yet again in the FA Cup Final, Perez was back on the plane to his homeland the very next day, and I suggested that Lucas had already left Arsenal, and now his agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle ahas proved me right.
“We have spoken with Arsenal and we have explained that we want to leave,” Lovelle told reporters in Spain.
“They have said that they are not going to put obstacles in the way, but they are not going to give the player away as a gift either.”
So, Arsenal paid 17m GBP to bring him to the Emirates and we all know how hard-nosed Wenger is in the transfer market. So how much do you think Arsenal will demand for him to leave?