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Lucas Perez has expressed his frustration at Arsene Wenger after losing his No 9 shirt to new boy Alexandre Lacazette without consultation was the ‘final straw’.
Perez was signed from Deportivo La Coruna last summer and reports claim he is reportedly eyeing a move back to Spain.
The Spanish striker hopes to rejoin Deportivo for regular football and to boost his international chances, according to La Voz de Galicia.
The Spanish website quote Perez as telling them: “They [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.
“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.”
“Since I have been a professional footballer, I’ve felt happiest in Deportivo, surrounded by my family, my friends.
“Put yourself in my place. I know I have chances to go to the national team. To play the World Cup. A dream. But for that I have to play and I have to be happy.
“That’s why I want to go back to Coruna.”