Perez: I feel cheated
LUCAS PEREZ wants out at Arsenal – as the ‘ugly gesture’ of losing his No 9 shirt to new boy Alexandre Lacazette without consultation was the ‘final straw’.
The Spanish striker hopes to rejoin Deportivo for regular football and to boost his international chances, according to La Voz de Galicia.
The Spanish website quote Perez as telling them: “They [Arsenal] are not behaving well with me.
“The thing of taking the shirt number without telling me to give it to a companion. It seems to me the last straw.
“I can not continue this way. I have given everything, but that has not been reciprocated, so I can’t stand it any longer.
“I feel cheated. In February I was not allowed to leave for China with the promise that I would play more and after that I had even fewer opportunities.
“But the shirt number is an ugly gesture. On the trip, Lacazette asked the boss and he accepted. Afterwards, he told me.
“Last year he told me that he understood that I was upset. I think this season things will get worse, so help me out.”
The 28-year-old was left out of the Gunners’ pre-season tour of Australia and China after playing just 11 Premier League games last term.
Now La Voz de Galicia report him as saying: “I want to leave to play and be happy.
“Last year I barely had any opportunities and when I had them I took advantage of them.
“I want to fight to go to the national team. I want to play football, but for that I have to leave.
“And I think that the best place for me is at home, with Depor.
“Since I have been a professional footballer, I’ve felt happiest in Deportivo, surrounded by my family, my friends.
“That’s why I want to go back to Coruna.”