Lucas Perez hasn’t had an easy season in his first year at Arsenal. Injuries have caused him to miss 13 games (so far), recovery from said injuries has halted him from hitting top gear and bizarre team selections have seen him out in the cold far too often given his strong performances when given the chances.
Because of all of these factors, La Voz de Galicia, a newspaper in A Coruña, is reporting that Perez will look to return to Deportivo on loan this coming season.
According to the source, Perez doesn’t see much of a future with Arsenal if Arsene Wenger continues to manage the club as he hasn’t had the opportunities he had hoped he’d get once he joined the London club. Arsenal isn’t willing to sell him just yet so a one year loan option is most likely with Perez even willing to take a pay cut in order to make it happen. If the loan goes well the possibility of a permanent move back could be discussed in the hopes of getting his career back on track.
In case you’re doubting the legitimacy of this source, keep in mind that they’re the ones who broke the news of his transfer to Arsenal and are known as a highly reliable source for all things Deportivo.
If this move does materialize it would be highly disappointing for both Perez and Arsenal. Following a standout campaign in 2015-2016 for Deportivo where he scored 19 goals and assisted an additional 11, this was Perez’s chance to jump to a bigger club while he could. Instead, injuries and an apparent lack of faith in his abilities followed and it has often been fair game to question why he hasn’t gotten more minutes.
Perez has eight goals and six assists to his name in just over 1,000 minutes across all competitions.