Lucas: My stats are pretty good

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Lucas Perez says his stats so far for the season are ‘pretty good’ and stressed that patience is a virtue when you’re a footballer who isn’t playing as much as he might wish.

The Spaniard, who signed from Deportivo La Coruna in a deal worth £17 million this summer, has seven goals and six assists in 19 appearances so far this season; an efficient return in light of the competition for attacking places at Arsenal.

Speaking to the official matchday programme ahead of the Bayern Munich game, the Spaniard also admitted he’d obviously like more minutes on the pitch.

“I’ve not really played a lot but when I have, I’ve performed to the best of my ability,” he said.

“It’s all about the team so when any one individual is selected to play, he has to do his very best. I think if you look at how many minutes I’ve played and what seems proportionate for the team, my stats are pretty good.

“Of course, I’d have liked to spend longer on the pitch but we have a big squad and some great players here at Arsenal.

He added: “Selection is the job of the manager. He does what’s best for the team. Of course, Arsenal has many great players.

“The only thing you can do is work hard and wait for your chance to play. You don’t have a choice. At any moment you can be asked to play, you’re on the pitch and you play as well as you can. That’s football, you just have to be patient.”

Lucas also reflected on how welcome he’s been made to feel by the supporters, many of whom are bemused by the fact he’s spent so much time on the substitutes’ bench.

“I moved from a team that wasn’t as well-known as some so people probably didn’t know me but from the start everyone has been very respectful and appreciative, for which I’m grateful

“Obviously Arsenal fans are used to having the best players here, so when they show their affection for you, it makes you feel both grateful and happy.”

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