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Deportivo waiting for Arsenal’s Lucas Perez

Deportivo waiting for Arsenal’s Lucas Perez

Deportivo La Coruna are waiting for Arsenal to give the go ahead on re-signing Lucas Perez, according to defender Juanfran.

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.

Speaking with La Voz de Galicia last week, Perez discussed his time at the North London club and his frustrations – which included having the number nine shirt taken from him and given to Lacazette.

Reports in Spanish press claim Depor have offered the striker a 10-year contract to return to the Riazor and that he will be made club captain.

And, defender Juanfran has spoken of the excitement around the club about a possible return.

“I wish Lucas would come back and join us, it would be a huge jump in quality,” Juanfran told Marca.

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“To be honest, we already have a captain [defender Pedro Mosquera], and I am sure we would like the other one to be Lucas.

“I have known him for years and I hope that he returns. His shirt number and captain’s armband is waiting, and it would be a huge jump in quality for Deportivo.

“We will have to wait for him and remove other options, as he is the type of player that we need.”

Perez began his playing career with Atletico Madrid, before spells with Rayo Vallecano, Dinamo Kiev and PAOK.

During his time with Deportivo, he scored an impressive 24 goals in 59 games.