While Arsenal are struggling to find goals from the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil and Alex Iwobi, Lucas Perez is scoring for fun on loan at Deportivo.
Last season, the 29-year-old was often used in a wider role alongside either Olivier Giroud or Alexis Sanchez. Going on loan to Deportivo at the start of the season, Arsenal had to look elsewhere for goals, but only have one each in the league from Alexis, Özil and Iwobi.
So, the Gunners have three goals combined from the players they kept, meanwhile Lucas Perez has four goals and an assist in his last five starts for his loan club. It took the Spaniard a few games to get going, but since late September he’s been putting them away almost every time he makes the starting XI.
The expectation is that Perez will leave North London side permanently at the end of the season, but if he continues with that kind of form, Wenger might want to reconsider. Alexis and Özil might be off to new clubs even if their form does pick up, and no one else is stepping up to contribute to the goals in the wide positions.
If that ends up being the case, perhaps it’ll be time to look at the player who scored seven goals and provided five assists for the Gunners last season, despite only starting nine times all campaign.