Lucas Pérez regrets nothing and would return to Deportivo once moreMarch 23, 2018
Lucas Pérez is set to return to Arsenal this summer after a poor spell on loan at relegation-threatened Deportivo.
Pérez, who was sold to the Gunners from Deportivo two seasons ago for around £17 million, has been struggling to return to his pre-Arsenal days.
Before being sold to Arsenal Lucas Pérez, who is from A Coruña, managed to score a total of 18 goals in 37 games. He also equalised the legendary Bebeto in scoring in seven consecutive games. This season, however, he has managed just five goals in 20 appearances.
His season at Arsenal can’t be considered a flop; he scored seven goals in a total of 21 appearances – most as a substitute – and even managed to bag himself a hat-trick in the Champions League against Basel.
With the World Cup looming and the prospect of spending another season on the bench, Pérez moved heaven and earth for a change. He has stated in the past that although clubs like Sevilla were interested in his services, however in his mind the only option was to go back to Riazor.
The season for the Galician team has been disappointing; the team hasn’t won a single game in over three months, and with just eight games to go relegation is becoming an imminent reality. Lucas Pérez has been the player to feel it the most, and the fans are frustrated because they know what he is capable of. His agent, Rodrigo Fernández Lovelle, spoke to radio station COPE recently and said that Lucas is feeling down about the club’s situation.
“During the summer he rejected many offers, some were better economically, he received offers from clubs competing in Europe, but in his mind he only wanted to go back home. With the squad Deportivo has, no one could’ve imagined the situation to be what it is.”
Lovelle also said that in hindsight, it might not have been the best decision to come back. But, Lucas definitely doesn’t regret it and would make the same decision again. When asked about the striker’s future he didn’t want to say too much,
“He has a contract with Arsenal for the next two years, I’m just thinking short-term at the minute.”