Lucas Perez has expressed his unhappiness at Arsenal’s treatment of him.

  • Lucas was promised more first team opportunities but never got them
  • He feels he deserved more minutes
  • He claims Arsenal took away the no. 9 shirt without consulting him

The Spaniard is not at all happy at Arsenal and has, for the first time, expressed exactly why. Talking to La Voz de de Galicia, a publication close to Lucas’ old club Deportivo La Caruna, the striker spoke about unfulfilled promises and a lack of communication.

He reportedly said: “I want to leave to play and be happy. 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. [Arsenal] 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 can not continue this way. I have given everything, but that has not been reciprocated, so I can’t stand it any longer.”

If this is true, it doesn’t reflect well on Arsenal at all. There was already a feeling Lucas did not receive enough chances last season based on his performances.

Arsenal are now trying to recoup as much money as they can for him, which is preventing him from moving back to Deportivo. The La Liga side are reportedly willing to offer him a 10-year contract to bring him back to Spain.

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