Lucas Perez has reportedly told Arsenal he wants to leave after feeling “cheated” by the handing over of his No 9 shirt.
The £17m signing still has hopes of earning a spot in Spain’s squad for the 2018 World Cup, and – according to Spanish wesbite La Voz de Galicia – told Arsenal’s transfer negotiator Dick Law of his desire to quit the Emirates.
“I want to leave, to play and be happy,” Perez told Law, according to La Voz de Galicia.
“They [Arsenal] are not behaving well with me. The thing of taking the shirt number without telling me to give it to a companion [Alexandre Lacazette], it seems to me the last straw.”
Lucas Perez was brought in from Deportivo La Coruna last summer after Wenger failed to land his main striker targets. He only started nine games for the Gunners but chipped in with seven goals and five assists, including a Champions League hat trick at Basel, and has had his mind set on a return to Deportivo.
“Last year I barely had any opportunities and when I had them I took advantage of them. And this season it is clear that it is going to be more of the same. I want to fight for the chance to play on the national team. I want to play football. But to do that I have to leave. And I think where I will be better off is in my home, with Depor,” he said.
“I feel like I was tricked. In February I was not allowed to leave for China but it was promised that I would be playing more and then I had even fewer opportunities. But the shirt number was an ugly gesture.
“The least they could have done was to let me know before [it was made public] even if they were going to take it away anyway. It is something the club was not involved in. On the trip, Lacazette asked the manager and he agreed to it [the number change]. Afterward, they communicated it to us.”