Arsenal’s striker Lucas Perez is out for six weeks due to an ankle injury sustained in the League Cup win over Reading on Tuesday night at the Emirates.
The Spaniard will be disappointed with his latest injury after manager Arsene Wenger revealed how interesting he was to watch during training and imploring him to transmit his training form into games. At 27, the forward scored more than 15 goals for Spanish club-side Deportivo La Coruna last season.
The forward was substituted in the 72 minutes against Reading an injury that is likely to keep him out until mid-December making it impossible for him to continue his rich form for his new club having scored twice in six games in all competitions for the North London club.
Perez’s injury is the latest for Arsenal as the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Oliver Giroud, Santi Cazorla and then recently Theo Walcott have sat out or likely to sit out quite a number of games for the same reason. Perez’s injury leaves Arsene Wenger short in attack as the Frenchman is left with only Alexis Sanchez and Oliver as his only recognised strikers in all competitions until the return of the Spaniard in mid-December.
This season, Perez was expected to replace the often inconsistent Oliver Giroud in attack but this hasn’t been the case after Wenger toyed with the idea of playing Alexis Sanchez in the middle which has been massively successful thus far with the Chilean scoring a number of important goals for the club. This has led Wenger to try the former Deportivo striker on the wings when he comes on which hasn’t been a bad try considering his pace and ability to play just behind the last defender .
Arsenal welcome David Moyes’ poor Sunderland on Saturday hoping to win in order to top the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play. The North London club have an easy game on paper considering the rate Sunderland concede goals and also considering the fact that they are yet to lose in their last nine meetings with the Black Cats in all competitions.