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Arsenal winger to fight for place under Emery but could still leave

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It is all change at Arsenal ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season, with Unai Emery drafted in to replace Arsene Wenger as manager at the Emirates Stadium and overseeing a significant spending spree.

The Gunners have signed five new faces in the form of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastahopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, leaving established members of the squad set for a fight for first-team football.

Amidst that, forgotten man Lucas Perez is back in north London after a disappointing loan spell at Deportivo and featured in the recent pre-season drubbing of Boreham Wood, suggesting he could have a new lease of life under Emery.

Spanish outlet El Des Marque report that Perez is keen to stay with the Gunners this season to fight for a place within the squad, although there is still the possibility of an exit before the window closes in mid-August.

The 29-year-old made just 11 Premier League appearances for Arsenal after signing in 2016, scoring just once before returning to former employers Deportivo on-loan – where he scored eight times but could not save the club from relegation.

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