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Lucas Perez is unhappy at Arsenal and is now desperate to leave the club after feeling humiliated by the club’s decision to hand the No 9 jersey to Alexandre Lacazette.
Perez who donned that jersey last summer is being linked with a move away from the Emirates after failing to live up to expectations last season. He has now hit out over his situation last season and is now desperate to leave after feeling cheated by the club’s decision to strip him off the No 9 jersey without his knowledge.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Perez held a meeting with Arsenal’s transfer negotiator Dick Law where he made known his desire to leave the club and return to Deportivo La Coruna.
“I want to leave, to play and be happy,” Perez was said to have told Law.
“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,” Perez reportedly told Law. “The thing of taking the shirt number without telling me to give it to a companion, it seems to me the last straw.
“I cannot 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.
One can only feel for Perez who hasn’t had it easy since completing a £19m move from Deportivo last summer.
However, while I don’t support the club’s decision to hand Lacazette his squad number without his knowledge, it’s been obvious since last season that Perez won’t be playing at the Emirates next term. He should just focus on securing an exit rather than worrying about squad number.
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