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Lucas Perez to be available versus Swansea City

The Arsenal striker missed last weekend's match away at Burnley due to a rumored swollen knee suffered in training.

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Arseblog News is breaking a little bit of Arsenal injury news this morning, reporting that Lucas Perez missed last weekend's 1-0 victory at Burnley due to a swollen knee he suffered in training leading up to their away trip:

Despite some suggestions he was fit to play, we understand the Spanish striker suffered some swelling to his knee after training late last week. Although the inflammation had died down the next morning, Arsene Wenger was not willing to take the risk of bringing him into the travelling squad for an away game.

Had it been a home game he might well have been included in the squad, which goes some way to clearing up the confusion that has surrounded the former Deportivo man’s absence from the panel last Sunday.

Lucas is having to compete against an in-form Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, who's seen his own minutes decrease significantly at the start of this season compared to last year due to the Chilean's excellent form and productive partnership with Theo Walcott.

The summer signing from Deportivo La Coruna should continue to see appearances in most competitions as long as he's healthy, as he's demonstrated a knack for scoring in situations where goal opportunities seemed remote. It's good to see that this minor setback was just that, and that he should be ready for selection when the league resumes next weekend.