Sport Arsenal's Perez dropped from pre-season squad

16:10  09 july  2017
16:10  09 july  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Perez likely to rejoin Deportivo in the coming days

  Perez likely to rejoin Deportivo in the coming days Spanish forward Lucas Perez is nearing closer to the exit door with a return to La Liga side Deportivo de La Coruña a likely option, according to the Mirror. Since moving to the Emirates Stadium last summer, Perez has failed to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s plans and the recent arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette will only push Perez further down the pecking order. Perez spent three seasons at Deportivo, which included an impressive 2015/16 campaign where he scored 17 goals in 36 La Liga appearances. This impressive season ultimately earned him a move to North London for a reported fee of £17.1 million. While Perez’s game time has been limited at Arsenal, he has often impressed when given the chance in cup competitions, grabbing a brace against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup and scoring a hat-trick in The Gunners’ 4-1 victory over Basel in the Champions League group stages. The report states that Perez’s return to Spain could be confirmed in the next few days.

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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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