Having been dropped for the first time this season as Tottenham thrashed Chelsea in a memorable win, Lucas Moura returned to action against Inter Milan on Wednesday and will be out to show Arsenal boss Unai Emery what he’s capable of in Sunday’s North London Derby.
The Spaniard was in charge as Moura was frozen out in his final months at Paris Saint-Germain before he left Ligue Un for the Premier League when he joined Tottenham almost 12 months ago.
“It was very hard — the worst seven months of my life. I had come from a very good season, I was second top scorer of the team, only behind Cavani. The following season, I wasn’t even called up. I used to go to practice, I wasn’t even in the game. I used to go back home. It was very difficult,” he told ESPN Brazil, as quoted by the Irish Mirror.
Despite being a regular and notching 19 goals in 2016/17 under the former Sevilla manager, he was frozen out in 2017/18 and failed to start a single game before joining Spurs in January.
Emery will be out to put an end to Moura’s strong start to the season which has already seen him score four goals as he begins to establish himself as a regular for Mauricio Pochettino.
It looks likely that the 26-year-old could start on Sunday and if he does so, he will be desperate to get revenge on the man who brought his time in France to an end.