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Perez feels 'cheated' by Arsenal

Lucas Perez (Getty Images)
Lucas Perez (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Lucas Perez is desperate to leave Arsenal and return to Spain, with Deportivo La Coruna eager to offer him a deal.

The Spanish forward was given just 11 appearances in the Premier League last season, scoring once, and expects this season to be worse after new signing Alexandre Lacazette was given his No. 9 shirt.

"I want to leave, to play and be happy," Perez told Law, via La Voz de Galicia and Sky Sports.

"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.

"They are not behaving well with me.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 [Wenger] told me that he understood that I was upset. I think this season things will get worse, so help me out."

Reports from Spain claim that former club Deportivo La Coruna will offer Perez a big contract to return to the Riazor, with a place in the national team for next year’s World Cup very much on his mind.

"I want to fight to go to the national team," he added. "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 Depor."

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