Lucas Perez says he’s satisfied with his move to Arsenal even though he hasn’t been much more than a bit-part player for the team this season.
The Spaniard came from Deportivo la Coruña for £17m in late August, and despite impressing and contributing, has more often than not been left on the bench by Arsene Wenger.
Speaking to Radio Marca this week, he discussed his first season in England, and his limited playing time.
“Although I’m not a starter, I have a very good relationship with Wenger,” he said.
“A team like Arsenal has very good players, especially in attack. The coach can only choose 11 and the only thing I can do is make the most of the chances I’m given.
“Whenever I’ve played, I’ve done well and that gives me confidence. I have to be patient and continue to fight.”
He also declared himself happy with the overall experience, but bemoaned some bad luck with injuries.
“This has been an opportunity to progress and not just from a sporting standpoint.
“It has been an opportunity to join one of the best teams in the world and that is why I’m very satisfied.
“I was unlucky to be injured the first few months since I arrived at Arsenal. I now feel capable of showing why Arsenal signed me and I try to make the most of the opportunities I’m given.
“We’ve got two games in hand and we are focusing on the games we have left as well as looking forward to playing the semi-finals against Manchester City in the FA Cup.”