There are going to be millions of Arsenal transfer rumours this summer especially as we do not yet know the outcome of the contract talks with Ozil, Alexis and the Ox. But there is one player that is definitely looking for a way out of the club even though he only arrived at the Emirates at the end of the last transfer window. Perez was expected to be our new superstriker after scoring 17 goals for lowly Deportivo in La Liga last season, but has hardly been given a chance to prove himself with just 11 starts in the Premier League.
He has now told the press in Spain that he would gladly go back to his hometown club for the next campaign if Arsenal are willing to let him go. ‘This season has been difficult because I think I’ve deserved to play more,’ he was quoted as saying in the Mail.
‘I may not have done as well as others, but if they’d have given me more minutes I’d have produced better numbers: more goals and more assists.
‘I’ve spoken to the coach and he admits as much, but he has own ideas and I respect that. I’d like more opportunities because I think I deserve them, but I’ll have to accept what comes my way.’
‘I would like to prove that I’ve got the quality to win things with Arsenal.
‘But if the moment comes when I can’t do that any more, or if they decide to transfer me, there is always the opportunity to go back to Depor.
‘I know there are other clubs who want to sign me and my intention is to play in the Champions League. But in the summer we will see if Depor is still an option.’
It is hardly be a surprise if he wants to go, as he has performed very well when given the opportunity, including a hat-trick against Basel in the Champions League, but was then immediately put back on the bench. Perhaps he has since been put on the ‘injury list’ because he is unhappy?