Sport Arsenal's Perez dropped from pre-season squad

16:10  09 july  2017
16:10  09 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Perez confirms Barcelona were interested in him

  Perez confirms Barcelona were interested in him Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez has confirmed that Barcelona were interested in signing him. Perez has made it clear that he wants to stay at Newcastle and help them progress as a club, with an exit not something on his mind at present. Barcelona were thought to be considering a move for Perez last summer but the forward was not interested in a move back to Spain. Perez wants to stay in England, with Newcastle, although it was not as black and white as him rejecting Barcelona. It is not clear as to whether Barcelona actually made an offer but Perez was not going to force a move because of the interest. Speaking to Spanish radio show El Larguero, Perez said this: “I only think of Newcastle, it is true that there was interest in Barca but I am here and we have to keep working.” Perez scored 12 goals in all competitions for Newcastle last season as they were promoted to the Premier League. The 23-year-old scored nine Championship goals and was a pivotal part of their title-winning side.

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Lucas Perez will not fly with the Arsenal squad for their pre-season tour of Austraila, according to Spanish outlet El Des Marque.

The striker is set to remain at the club’s training ground in London as his future remains uncertain.

The Gunners are due to face Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers next week as they begin their preparations for the new season.

With Perez being left at home it is perhaps the clearest indication that the forward is no longer part of Arsene Wenger’s plans.

Perez struggled to hold down a regular place in the first-team squad last season and was often used out wide.

Arsenal have recently completed a deal to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon which casts further doubts over Perez’s long-term future at the Emirates.

Throughout his first season, he was linked with a return to Spain with his former side Deportivo La Coruna keen on re-signing him.

Where do Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Lucas Perez fit this season? .
Arsene Wenger has started to revamp the Arsenal first team this summer. He has brought in a tough left-back in Saed Kolasinac after Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs underwhelmed last season, and he landed Alexandre Lacazette, who appears to be the world-class forward that the Gunners have needed for so long. Arsenal will be looking towards some new faces this season, and Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Lucas Perez are two players who deserve chances this campaign. Kolasinac is taking Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s No. 31 shirt for the upcoming season, indicating that the 19-year-old midfielder will receive a lower shirt number and therefore a bigger role in the first team. With the conversion to the 3-4-3 system at the end of last season, Reine-Adelaide’s skill set could see him play as both a central midfielder and as a winger in the front three. Reine-Adelaide impressed during the Emirates Cup in the summer of 2015 when he played as a winger, but he spent more time as a No.10 when he appeared in cup competitions this past season. At 6’0″, his height could be useful in the centre of the park for defensive purposes. He has skills that can turn defenders inside-out, so he should see more time threatening the defence as a winger in the front three. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flourishing as a wing-back, the squad is slightly thin on the wing for the upcoming season.

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