Lucas Perez has made nine starts for the Gunners scoring six goals in the process while making two more assists.
However, the Spaniard has only played 267 minutes for the club in the Premier League this season. Some might argue that Alexis Sanchez up top is the best option, in that case, why is Perez being left on the sideline. With Walcott and Chamberlain’s inconsistency, would he not be an option on one of the flanks?
This possibility is backed up by the fact that the 28-year-old has averaged 2.36 key passes per 90 minutes in the domestic campaign, compared to Walcott’s 0.53, Iwobi’s 1.46 and Chamberlains 1.61.
How can we expect Alexis to be tapping them into the back of the net, when the men on the flanks can only average one key pass for a full 90 minutes?
Shot accuracy is another asset where Lucas certainly stands out, with the player managing an 80% accuracy rate, with Alexis and Giroud averaging 57-59%. Both of which are meant to be our main source of goals.
Perez also comes out on top with chances created, with the player creating 2.36 per 90 minutes compared with Walcott’s 0.65, Iwobi’s 1.67 and Chamberlain’s 1.95.
With stats like these in the little amount of time he’s had to prove himself, it’s strange that Wenger’s not giving the player more of a chance. With stories surfacing daily of the player wanting to leave the club for first team football, maybe now it’s time Wenger gives him a proper chance in the team.