Arsene Wenger admits he is facing a major selection headache
Lucas Prerez scored his ninth goal of the season during Monday’s 2-0 win over Sutton (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger admits Lucas Perez warrants a regular run in the Arsenal first team, but with so many options available he cannot guarantee the Spaniard any assurances.

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The summer singing from Deportivo has impressed during his sporadic appearances for the Gunners this season and has scored eight goals in 19 appearances, including the opener in Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Sutton United.

Perez has managed just two Premier League starts since his summer move from La Liga, however, despite averaging a goal or an assist every 74 minutes in all competitions.

Arsene Wenger admits he is facing a major selection headache
Lucas Perez averages a goal or assist every 74 minutes so far this season but has made just two Premier League starts (Picture: Getty Images)

The 28-year-old’s agent moved on Tuesday to deny claims the versatile forward was ready to quit the north London club in search of regular football, but Wenger has again insisted the Spaniard will have to patient and wait for opportunities.

‘He is pushing on the door but I have many strikers,’ Wenger said. ‘I have Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott, Alexis and Lucas.

‘It is true that he deserves a go because he scores goals and is a good player.’

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