Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has discussed his time with the club, calling for a move back to Deportivo La Coruna this summer.
Having left the Galician side for Arsenal last summer, Perez found playing time hard to come by under Arsene Wenger, despite the Frenchman’s admiration of his ability and season prior to the move, where he scored an impressive 17 goals in 37 games.
Just 11 appearances in the Premier League have seen he Spaniard looking to leave, and with the arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates, Perez has talked of his poor treatment.
La Voz de Galicia is a Spanish daily newspaper based in La Coruna and today published quotes from the striker about his treatment at the club.
“I want to leave to play and be happy,” said Perez. “Last year I barely had any opportunities and when I had them I took advantage of them. And this season is clearly going to be more of the same. 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 Dépor. They [Arsenal] are not behaving well with me. The thing of taking the shirt number without telling me to give it to a colleague, 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 [Wenger] told me that he understood that I was upset. I think this season things will get worse, so help me out. Since I have been a professional footballer, I’ve felt happiest in Deportivo, surrounded by my family, my friends.
“Put yourself in my place. I know I have chances to go to the national team. To play the World Cup. A dream. But for that I have to play and I have to be happy.
“That’s why I want to go back to Coruña.”
And, it now looks like that wish could come true after Diario AS claim Deportivo have prepared a sensational 10-year contract that would keep him at the club past his playing career.
Turkish side Fenerbahce have also held interest but a bid in the region of £10m from the La Liga outfit and the players desire to move back to the Riazor make that interest seem unlikely.