Lucas Perez has made a definitive decision on his Arsenal future


Arsenal's promising pre-season campaign ended with a 2-0 win over Lazio in Stockholm.

The Gunners lost just one of their fixtures abroad and that was only on penalties against Atletico Madrid in Singapore.

Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea were the other two sides to be downed by Unai Emery's side on their travels.

A number of players have made a big impression before the start of the campaign, with Matteo Guendouzi and Emil Smith-Rowe the two shining brightest.

Eddie Nketiah has also looked promising, as has Alex Iwobi, who has signed a new deal at the club.

However, Lucas Perez has barely featured in pre-season.

The Spaniard was back training with the club early and featured in the first few games, but has been completely absent in recent fixtures - he was surprisingly omitted against Lazio.

Reports from Portugal suggested he was closing in on a cut-price £4.5m move to Sporting Lisbon and he has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs.

He's struggled to make an impact at the Emirates since his move in 2016 and spent last season on-loan with former club Deportivo.


Given his struggles in England and the competition for forward roles at Arsenal, you'd expect him to be itching for a move.

But the Independent report that Perez's is going in the opposite direction and is prepared to fight for his place in the side under Emery's rule.

It sums up his determination to want to break into one of England's top sides, not to mention the confidence in his ability to do so.

For the moment, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the top two competing for striking roles.

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But below them, Perez could easily come in at number three as Danny Welbeck is likely to be offloaded before the window closes.

He can also provide depth as a left-winger, which could be really handy for the likes of the Europa League and the FA Cup.

Perez may still have a big part to play in the famous red and white shirt.

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