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Lucas Perez agent clarifies Arsenal exit rumours

Lucas Perez is unhappy with his limited first-team opportunities at Arsenal but is not angling for a move in the summer, according to his agent.

The Spanish forward wants to stay and fight for his place. Credit: PA

The 28-year-old has started just eight games in all competitions for the Gunners this season having signed from Deportivo La Caruna in August.

Perez was originally offered to Arsenal earlier in the off-season but manager Arsene Wenger resisted as he was hopeful of landing Leicester and England man Jamie Vardy instead.

Vardy opted to remain at the King Power Stadium so a move for Perez, who registered 17 LaLiga goals last term, was resurrected.

But despite spending a reported £17million, Wenger has limited Perez's appearances and the Spaniard has played a largely peripheral role in the squad.

Reports he will therefore look to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the campaign are wide of the mark however, according to agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, who had been quoted on an Italian website declaring such intentions.

Lovelle told Press Association Sport when asked about Perez's future:

Like any professional, he wants to play. When one does not play he is not happy but we knew it would be difficult and it is a long contract.

Lucas has this contract with Arsenal and he wants to succeed there. No-one has spoken of a move.

– Fernandez Lovelle
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