Lucas Perez left out of Arsenal's matchday squad to face Burnley

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Arsene Wenger was obviously keen to sign a striker this summer after failed bids for the likes of Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette.

However, the Frenchman finally got himself a forward when he landed Lucas Perez from Deportivo for a reported £17.1 million.

Perez scored 17 La Liga goals last season and Arsenal fans were hoping he would be the prolific goalscorer to rival Olivier Giroud for the lone-striker role.

However, the 28-year-old has appeared on the wing for the majority of his three appearances for the north London club this campaign, with Alexis Sanchez being deployed as the front-man.

And Perez didn’t even make the match day squad for Arsenal as they travelled to Burnley for the Sunday afternoon clash. Many fans would have thought that it was because Perez must have picked up a minor knock which prevented him from making the substitutes bench.

In fact, the club’s official Twitter account tweeted that the Spaniard will miss out due to a knee injury.

However, Ed Malyon, editor for the Mirror, doesn’t believe that. He claims that sources close to the player insist that Perez isn’t actually injured but was just left out of the 18-man squad by Wenger.

It’s certainly an interesting statement for Malyon, a very respected journalist, to make.

We can’t confirm or deny Malyon’s claim but Arsenal fans on Twitter definitely don’t believe it. They point to the fact Lucas missed training on Friday and is, as the club say, injured.

To be fair, it would be a massive surprise if Wenger decided not to name Perez on the substitutes bench through choice, especially when 18-year-old Jeff Reine-Adelaide has been named as a substitute.

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