Lucas Perez is keen to end his nightmare at the Emirates after just one season with the Gunners.
The Spaniard was thought to be a panic buy by Arsenal last summer, which has precisely proved to be the case. Perez, who was rarely involved for the Gunners last season, has now handed in a formal transfer request, as the attacker feels betrayed, and is determined to leave Arsene Wenger’s team after just one year.
Due to huge pressure from the fans, Wenger triggered Lucas Perez’s release clause during the previous transfer window, so as to bring him to the Emirates for Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna. The FA cup winners secured the services of the Spanish attacker for a total amount of €20m.
But to the dismay of Perez, after signing for Arsenal, the player found himself sitting on the bench most of the time, and players like Walcott, Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Alex Iwobi, found themselves above the 28-year-old striker in the pecking order.
The Spaniard feels hard done by at Arsenal even after performing well whenever given the chance. The forward was involved in 14 goals in his 22 appearances for the Gunners last season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have accepted the player’s transfer request by slapping an asking price of €15 million onto him. However, Lucas’ agent feels that the tag is too high, and it is preventing his client from sorting his future out.
The agent told Goal: “€15m (£13.4m) is an expensive price. Lucas wants to go to the World Cup and be happy at a place where he has opportunities to play.”
Moreover, Lucas has accused the Gunners of giving his shirt number to new signing Alexandre Lacazette without his consent or permission. The Spanish forward also feels that the English club has not shown him the respect he deserves.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.