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Arsenal's Lucas Perez already frustrated having not started often for the Gunners

Sourav Saha
867   //    22 Oct 2016, 17:40 IST
Lucas Perez
Lucas Perez hasn’t had a big impact this season

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez arrived from Deportiva La Coruna in the summer for a sum of £17m. However, his role though has been curtailed with the Gunners and the Spaniard has now revealed his frustration at having not started enough games to his liking. Reports in the British Media have revealed that the 28-year-old had expected a “starring role”, but has been handed only substitute appearances in addition to the solitary start this season.

The Spaniard has been frustrated having started only two games the other appearance coming in the EFL Cup, where he managed to score a brace against the likes of Nottingham Forest. Having arrived after a successful season with the La Liga side, the frustration is understandable of the Spaniard.

Speaking after the 6-0 thrashing of Ludogrets, there were words of support for his team-mates. Perez stated on Spanish station Onda Cero, “The teammates that are playing in my position are doing a great job. We have won seven games in a row and, at the end of the day, the coach wants what is best for the team. I had hoped to have more playing time, but what I have to do now is make the most of the opportunities I get."

Revamped style by Wenger

Arsenal was accused of lacking attacking options in the summer.As a result, Lucas Perez was brought from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. However, Arsene Wenger started the season with Theo Walcott up front and has been rewarded with goals from the forward. The winger turned forward, in earlier seasons has often been accused of being soft on the ball. However, this season Walcott has been at his clinical best. 

Goals against Swansea last weekend took his tally to 5 goals in 8 appearances already this season in the Premier League. The Englishman’s form coupled with the contributions of Ozil and Sanchez has resulted in the manager curtailing the Spaniard’s game time and has handed him a solitary start up till now in the Premier League.

The Spaniard understands the situation and has stated his intention to be patient and work his way into the squad. Instead, there were words of wisdom from the 28-year-old, “When I came to Arsenal I knew where I was coming. I know there are great players here. I have to wait for the opportunity. Everyone wants to play, but the important thing is the team”.

Arsenal welcome Middlesbrough at the Emirates on Saturday and Arsene Wenger will hope that the winning streak continues. Arsenal will be without the services of Granit Xhaka, who picked up a red card last time round.

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