Lucas Perez only moved from Deportivo La Coruna to #Arsenal last summer but has already grown frustrated at his lack of game time under manager Arsene Wenger. This comes as a surprise, considering how Perez always seems to perform well whenever called upon. Even though Perez has only been reduced to a few cameo appearances this season, the 28-year old has gotten himself a respectable amount of goals and assists, including a hat-trick in the Champions League group stage against FC Basel. Now, #West Ham has reportedly made an enquiry over the out-of-favor striker for a potential summer transfer.
London Rivals approach Gunners
The Hammers are already looking to reinforce their attack for next season after having lost their best player Dimitri Payet to French club Olympique de Marseille. West Ham also sold Italian striker Simone Zaza to Valencia in the January transfer window. However, the transfer of the former Juventus player was not a huge loss as Zaza failed to score any goals in 8 league appearances. Needless to say, the East London club is in serious need of a striker. According to reports, West Ham has been monitoring Lucas Perez's situation at Arsenal for a while now and are well aware of his growing frustration over his lack of game time at the North London club. Lucas Perez would be a great signing for West Ham, especially considering his relatively low price tag and impressive statistics at Arsenal so far.
Should Arsenal sell Lucas Perez?
The Spanish striker isn't the only one who's unhappy about his lack of playing time at Arsenal: Several Gooners have voiced their frustration over Perez's situation on Twitter.
Perez, who has only started 7 games this season, has an impressive 7 goals and 3 assists to his name. "I've not really played a lot but when I have, I've performed to the best of my ability [...] I think you look at how many minutes I have played and what seems proportionate for the team, my stats are pretty good," Perez said in Arsenal's official matchday programme.
However, the 28-year old does acknowledge his teammates and said: "Of course, I'd have liked to spend longer on the pitch but we have a big squad and some great players here at Arsenal." Unlike some of his teammates, Olivier Giroud for example, Lucas Perez is more of a versatile forward who can play both as a central striker as well as a winger. He's also more technically gifted and faster than the French striker. Taking all this into account, it seems as though the Gunners, who are currently going through a rough period themselves, would be wise to hold on to the former Deportivo La Coruna man for a little longer.