Lucas Perez: Arsenal cheated me

Lucas Perez has blasted Arsenal and Arsene Wenger saying he feels ‘cheated’ by the club’s treatment of him, and wants to rejoin Deportivo La Coruna.

Reports on Tuesday indicated the Galicians had lodged a €10m bid for the 28-year-old, just half of the €20m fee they received for him a year ago from The Gunners.

“I feel cheated,” Perez is quoted as saying by La Voz De Galicia.

“In February I was not allowed to leave for a move to 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 (new signing Alexandre Lacazette was given his number 9 shirt). On our pre-season trip, Lacazette asked the boss and he accepted. I was only told afterwards.

“Last year he (Wenger) told me that he understood why 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 and my friends. Put yourself in my place.

“I know I have chances to play for the national team and at the World Cup. But for that I have to play and I have to be happy. That's why I want to go back to Coruna.

“Arsenal are not behaving well with me. To take the shirt number without telling me and to give it to a companion — it seems to me that it is the last straw.

“I can't continue this way. I have given everything, but that has not been reciprocated, so I can't stand it any longer. I want to leave and be happy.”

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