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Arsenal Forward Failing To Make Most Of His Return To Deportivo: Return To The Emirates Imminent?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Arsenal forward Lucas Perez has struggled during his time at Deportivo de La Coruña this season. According to recent reports, the Spanish centre-forward is far from enjoying a enjoyed a fairytale return back to his homeland. In a recent interview, Perez’s agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle revealed that a move to Deportivo was not their best decision after the on-loan Gunners striker was ridiculed by his own supporters. 

The player’s agent was recently quoted to have said, “You don’t regret it [returning to Deportivo], but obviously it was not the best step.

“It’s true that, looking at the situation, it was not the best decision.

“I still think he (Perez) would have taken the same decision because he is a Deportivo fan. Lucas has too much love and respect for this jersey and he would never say if he did regret returning.

“The player is sad because he came with all the enthusiasm and turned down better offers from a sporting and financial standpoint because his dream was to return home.

“The season is not going individually and collectively as he had hoped for. He took a risk knowing that coming here it would have been more difficult for him to return to the [Spain] national team, and it hasn’t gone well.”

Perez has been unable to find a consistent run of form during the course of this campaign and has featured in 35 matches for Deportivo this term, scoring 8 goals while grabbing 7 assists in all competitions. While his goal-scoring record has not been poor, by any means, yet the reception he is currently getting at the La Liga club could pave the way for his return back to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

The North London team have a tally of 60 points after playing in 36 league matches during the course of this season and are currently lying in the 6th spot in the Premier League standings. All of Arsene Wenger’s hopes of Champions League football next season were shattered last week when they were eliminated from the UEFA Europa League by Atletico Madrid with an aggregate score of 2-1.

Retaining some of their top talents could go a long way in helping Arsenal challenge for major silverware next season. However, the fact that the Spaniard failed to cut the mustard in North London upon his arrival could indicate towards Perez crumbling under the pressure of playing in the top tier of English football once again. Only time will tell whether the Gunners are willing to give him another shot under a new manager in the upcoming season.

Read More: Arsenal Eyeing Up A Move For 23 Y/O Juventus Defender: Where Can He Fit Into Wenger’s Plans?

For now, Perez should focus on playing regular football and start scoring goals on a consistent basis. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Perez and whether Arsenal ends up retaining his services beyond this summer.

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