Pellegrini Insists ‘No Problem’ After Lucas Perez Seems To Refuse To Warm Up

West Ham bagged their first points of the season in impressive fashion at Goodison Park.

The 3-1 victory via goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic snapped a three match losing streak in the Premier League, but trouble appeared to be brewing on the bench.

Striker Lucas Perez appeared to refuse to warm up for an appearance when Arnautovic had to come off due to injury.

Manager Manuel Pelligrini eventually opted to bring on Michail Antonio instead.

The scenes drew widespread criticism of the Spaniard, who arrived in the summer from Arsenal.

Pellegrini insisted after the game however that he has ‘no problem’ with the player, and that it’s a misunderstanding with Antonio seemingly the one who was set to come on in the first place.

“Maybe it looks [that way] and you can think he refuses,” he said to Sky Sports.

“When Arnautovic was injured, I called him because he was making his warm-up, but when he was back sitting on the bench and Antonio was working I called him because he was ready.

“I don’t have any problem with the player.”

Perez could have no choice but to feature in their next game against Chelsea, with the severity of Arnautovic’s injury still to be assessed.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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