Lucas Perez has discussed his delight at leaving Arsenal and joining Deportivo on loan.
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 two weeks ago, 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 claimed Depor had offered the striker a 10-year contract to return to the Riazor but it was confirmed on Thursday evening that he would return only on a one-year loan deal with no option to make the move permanent.
Having arrived back in Galicia on Friday morning, Perez spoke of his happiness to return to the club.
“I’m where I want to be,” Perez is quoted as saying by Riazor.org.
“I have a right to decide what is going to happen with my future and what I want to do. Arsenal understood that and I’m grateful to them. They understood my situation and the fact that I wanted to return home.
“Arsenal defended their own interests, they initially didn’t want me to return to Deportivo. They have reached agreements with many clubs but I clearly told them that my intention was to join Depor and no other alternative.
“I don’t want to give a number but in the last three or four days I spoke to many sporting directors and coaches. But I reiterated that my wish was to return to Deportivo.”
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.