I can’t help but feel sorry for Lucas Perez. Arsenal bought him on deadline day with a lot of fanfare after a fantastic season at his hometown club Deportivo La Coruña, but the 28 year-old has been largely ignored by Arsene Wenger and has only started TWO League games for the Gunners, plus 7 Cup appearances. On his ONLY start in the Champions League he scored a hat-trick, and scored 7 goals in total from his 9 starts.
Wenger said that he would talk to Perez, who has voiced his unhappiness at not playing, at the end of the season, but the Spaniard walked away from the subs bench at Wembley and immediately flew back to La Coruña, according to his Instagram page.
Lucas’ agent has already said that the hitman’s first choice would be to return to his hometown club, but it is doubtful that the struggling Spanish side would be willing to replay the 17m that the Gunners paid for him last summer, and would be offering a much reduced figure.
Now it has been revealed by Talksport that Sevilla, who were also interested in Perez before he moved to Arsenal, are now still willing to take him back to Spain themselves. The Andalusian side have just squeezed into the Champions League slots after finishing 4th behind the three Spanish giants of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico, and believe they can still get a few years of goalscoring from him, rather than see him languishing on the Arsenal bench.
Judging by his rapid departure after the Cup Final, could we have already seen the last of him at Arsenal after just one year?