Arsene Wenger has sympathy for Arsenal striker’s situation
Arsene Wenger has admitted that he feels sorry for Lucas Perez and the lack of playing time he has had this season.
Lucas was a summer signing from Deportivo but has found his chances limited mostly to the cups and a few Champions League games.
Speaking ahead of the Southampton game he was asked he sympathised with the player’s situation. He said: “Yes, of course. He’s a top-quality striker and I couldn’t give him the games that he wants and that he deserves. I must confess that.
“I feel sorry for him on that front, but we have more strikers available now because we had the situation where Olivier Giroud was not clear at the start of the season.
“We didn’t know when Danny Welbeck would come back and in the end there was a congestion there but that doesn’t take anything away from his quality.
“If I’m the manager, I would love to keep him. We have to sit down together and see if he has a reasonable chance to play next season or not.”