Date: 25th July 2017 at 10:28am
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Not for the first time Lucas Perez’s Arsenal future is in doubt.

Perez, who struggled for regular football after his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna last summer, has reported told the Gunners he wants to leave.

With a World Cup season coming up, Perez wants to be involved in Spain’s squad for the 2018 finals in Russia, the forward has apparently told Dick Law, who handles the Arsenal transfers, he wants out, according to Sky Sports.

He doesn’t feel he’s been given a fair chance, despite taking his opportunities when Arsene Wenger gave them to him, so Perez not only wants to leave he feels a return to Deportivo would be best.

Perez told La Voz de Galicia, via Sky: ‘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 Depor.’

The arrival of record signing Alexandre Lacazette will further limit Perez’s chances, who feels Arsenal went back on a promise of more football when blocking a move to China in February.

A lack of football is back enough but Perez, which he apparently told Law too, feels Arsenal aren’t ‘behaving well’ when it comes to him and the ‘ugly gesture’ to give Perez’s number 9 shirt to Lacazette was ‘the last straw.’

‘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 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,’ added Perez.

He concluded: ‘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. 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.’

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