'Lucas is a top-quality striker'

Lucas’ last appearance for us was against Lincoln City on March 11.

He’s not featured since due to a thigh problem, but Arsène Wenger confirmed on Tuesday that Lucas has returned to training - and reiterated his desire to keep the forward at the club.

Here’s what the manager said:

on Lucas…
He’s fit again and was back in training again yesterday.

on Lucas’ frustration at a lack of first-team football…
Yes, [I understand that] of course. He’s a top-quality striker and I couldn’t give him the games that he wants and that he deserves. I must confess that. I feel sorry for him on that front, but we have more strikers available now because we had the situation where Giroud was not clear at the start of the season, we didn’t know when Welbeck would come back, and in the end there was a congestion there. Don’t take anything away from his quality.

on whether he wants to keep Lucas this summer…
I would love to. We have to sit down together and see if he has a reasonable chance to play next season or not.


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