Some decisions are difficult to understand. Yet, they are irreversible. One of such is Lucas Perez and Arsenal.

Lucas Perez joined Arsenal in 2016 from Deportivo La Coruna. It seemed like Arsenal bought him to fulfil the demands of the fans to get another striker in addition to Giroud and Welbeck.

The Spaniard scored 7 goals in 21 appearances and is one of 6 Gunners ever to score a Champions League hattrick – alongside Henry, Lord Bendtner, Giroud, Welbeck and Ozil. He scored the hattrick against Basel. He never disappointed when called upon.

He made just 11 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, scoring just once against Bournemouth in that 3-3 game. He had a knack for assists too. He looks to have been treated unfairly at Arsenal or, he didn’t meet up to the requirements of the coaches and the club. I would choose the former.

First, his jersey #9 was taken from him and given to new boy Lacazette. It was said that he wasn’t informed. He was left with jersey #28, shipped out on loan last season. Same season we wished he was with the team when Lacazette was injured, Giroud sold, Aubameyang cup-tied, Welbeck misfiring and Nketiah inexperienced.

The arrival of the Emery was an opportunity for a fair assessment. He was involved in the early preseason games but was no where to be found in the last two games. That implied that he was on his way out. I had hoped to have the trio of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Perez as options upfront. No LAP.

So, he has joined Wilshere at Westham. We would miss his left foot and his directness. Goodbye Perez, we didn’t give you enough chance.

Oh, the new season of the Premier League began last night. Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1 at Old Trafford. Pogba and Shaw scored for the Red Devils while Vardy got a late equalizer for the Foxes. More games today.

Did you see the Visit Rwanda display at the Arsenal training.

I just watched Unai Emery’s presser. I miss Arsene Wenger’s fleuncy.


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