Now that the dust has firmly settled on what was a very eventful season, some things may have slightly slipped through the cracks, due to the sheer volume of news.

One of these things was that striker Lucas Perez officially becomes an Arsenal player once more at the beginning of July as his loan contract comes to a close.

Perez spent last season at his former and hometown club Deportivo de La Coruna in Spain, and while the forward excelled at times once again in his native country, his side did not.
Deportivo were relegated to the second division, with Perez playing in 35 league matches and contributed nine goals.

He also provided 8 assists for his teammates – not a bad tally for someone playing in a relegated side.

With the season approaching its close, Perez sprung into particularly good form after a mid-season lull seen supporters turn against the man who has been treated to a hero’s welcome upon his return at the foot of the season.

With two years left on his Arsenal contract, the player will not be returning to Deportivo as the begin to become accustomed to life in Spain’s second division.

What this means is will be either returning to North London or finding pastures new, which throws up an interesting dilemma.

As talk of incoming transfers surrounding Arsenal increase, as does talk of outgoing players. One of the names beginning to be batted around is that of Danny Welbeck.

While the English forward has occasionally come up with the goods when called upon, he has been unfortunate with injury in an Arsenal shirt and has been unable to chip in as much as would be liked.

With Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to lead the line, if Welbeck is to move to a new club, there will need to be a replacement back-up striker. In Perez, this striker may already be contracted to the club.

In an interesting turn of events, Arsenal forward options have gone from perhaps the clubs weakest outlet to their strongest. With so much quality up front, it may make sense to hold onto Perez as back-up.

It may not be transfer news that will set the world alight but it does make sense – the 29 year old showed at times what he could be potentially capable of during his initial season with the Gunners.

After a very stop-start to his time at Arsenal during the 2016/17 season, Perez chipped in with a very impressive perfect hat-trick in Arsenal’s final Champions’ League group game to help secure top position in their qualifying group.

In that match, the team played with fluidity, and Perez ended up being the key component to put the finishing touches on the end of impressive moves.

Last season, Arsenal supporters seen how long the Europa League campaign can be, and how much chopping and changes are needed, especially through the group stages. With another campaign in the competition set for next season after a 6th place Premier League finish, Perez’s presence could offer an impressive outlet.

While there are positive conations to Perez returning to the club he is contracted at, there are also negatives – firstly, it may not work out. Secondly, and perhaps more pertinently, it could stunt the growth of forward-minded youth players at the club, specifically Eddie Nketiah.

Nketiah showed that he possessed considerable talent when given a chance last season; none more so than in his first senior team competitive appearances against Norwich City in the League Cup, where he quickly provided two goals to prevent an embarrassing defeat against the Championship side.

With Perez back in the first team squad, Nketiah’s playing time could become limited, which may see him head off on loan. This might not be the worst option for the 19year old – it may be in the pipeline regardless – but the English forward would see less playing time with the Spaniards return.

Perez has been linked with a move to a new club, some in England such as Newcastle United, but most strongly with a move to Roman side Lazio in Serie A.

Speaking on his clients future Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle said: “What will happen? Lucas has a two-year contract with Arsenal, for now only this can be answered.

“The club has never put him on the market, it was the player who decided to move at the end of the last summer market. He was sorry to be on the bench, not to be called into the action. First we will know Arsenal’s plans, it is still too early to know what will happen.”

This statement has been very much left open to interpretation, and if a suitor were to approach Arsenal, there’s a chance he may be sold with the possibility of recouping some of his original £17 million transfer fee.

The transfer window has really kicked into effect at Arsenal, with Stephan Lichtsteiner becoming the first signing of the Emery era and Sokratis Papastathopoulos expected to be confirmed from Borussia Dortmund – both defensive signings, a clear indication that this is the first area the new manager wants to improve.

With plenty of good attacking options available, strikers may not even be the next item on the priority list, but as it stands, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Welbeck, Nketiah and Perez are all Arsenal forwards – there will be changes.

Perez has a lot to do to prove himself in an Arsenal shirt, but he very well could be given the chance to do so in the 2018/19 season.