Arsene Wenger has backed Lucas Perez to continue making an impact this season, even if the Spaniard couldn’t do much to change the game when he came on against Boro last weekend.
In his previous four appearances though, he’d bagged two goals and got three assists – there’s even a case it could be four as it look like his header was spectacularly finished by Laurent Koscielny against Southampton at home.
The £17m signing from Deportivo la Coruña has been kept sidelined by the form of the team and Alexis Sanchez since his arrival, but the manager is sure he’ll become a key part of this team as the season goes on.
“I believe he has the potential to be a great player for us,” he told the official site. “In training he continues to show he has the potential to play, he now has to transfer that into the games.
“The more he does that – against Reading he will have an opportunity – the more we will be tempted to say, ‘let’s do it’.
“He did extremely well against Ludogorets because he came on and gave two great goals. He was a bit like the rest of the team against Middlesbrough, in that he could not have as big an impact because the whole team was not functioning as well.”
Tonight will be another chance for him to put some pressure on the manager, and after two goals in the previous round against Nottingham Forest, he’ll be looking to add to his goal tally when we face Reading.