Arsenal player left frustrated by recent lack of game time

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At the moment, no team seems capable of beating Arsenal. In fact, Liverpool’s 4-3 win at the Emirates is the only defeat the Gunners have suffered in seven months.

Arsene Wenger’s men have simply been in scintillating form and all the club’s stars appear to be happy, fit and firing.

However, this isn’t the case for one player in particular. Despite his time at the club proving relatively short already and Arsenal’s string of wins, he’s not enjoying his current role in north London.


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Lucas Perez

That’s right, the man in question is Arsenal’s Spanish summer signing, Lucas Perez.

Since moving from Deportivo La Coruna this August for a fee in the region of £17 million, the 28-year-old has been struggling for game time. In fact, Perez has only experienced 64 minutes of Premier League action thus far.

It appears that, for Perez anyway, Arsenal’s flying form doesn’t benefit everyone. Wenger is being left satisfied with what he’s seeing on the pitch to an extent that he sees little reason to mix-up his starting XI.

This has proven something of a surprise for Perez though, who, on his own admission, expected to play a ‘starring role’. Thus far this has been limited to the EFL Cup.

According to the Mirror, the ex-PAOK forward told a Spanish radio station: "When I first arrived here I expected to have more of a starring role.

"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."


Of course, at this early stage, these frustrations are highly unlikely to spill over into a desire to leave. Besides, there’s no reason to suggest that Perez can’t knuckle down and ensure he is the man to lead Arsenal’s line in coming months.

The 28-year-old offers Gunners a glimpse of his class against Nottingham Forest in the league cup after all. Perez sweetly dispatched a penalty and executed a superb solo goal to prove he can cut it on English shores.

Nevertheless, you get the impression that the Spaniard has been taken a back and may have had some rather unrealistic first team ambitions.

After all, Arsenal is a considerable step-up when you consider his previous employers find themselves treading water in La Liga. When your competition is Alexis Sanchez, you have to grit your teeth and work hard to be the star man.

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