Arsenal summer recruit Lucas Perez has admitted that he expected to play more regularly at the Premier League club this season and wants to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.

The North London club have been linked with a striking reinforcement over the last couple of transfer windows and finally bit the bullet to sign the Spaniard for £17 million from Deportivo La Coruna.

However, Perez has found first-team opportunities fleeting, with hotshot attacker Alexis Sanchez in devastating form as the side’s lone frontman.

The sprightly forward has admitted that he had hope to be more of a regular feature at the Emirates Stadium and would work hard to improve his current situation.

“When I first arrived here I expected to have more of a starring role,” Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

“The teammates that are playing in my position are doing a great job. We have won seven games in a row and, at the end of the day, the coach wants what is best for the team.

“I had hoped to have more playing time, but what I have to do now is make the most of the opportunities I get.”

Sanchez has predominantly played on the left flank since swapping Barcelona for Arsenal two years ago, but the Chile international has put forward a case to be the team’s number nine even when everyone is fit.

With Olivier Giroud also on the road back to fitness, Perez may well find that he is a fringe player for Wenger’s men this season.


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