It would appear from Lucas Perez’s latest interview in Spain that he has very little interest in returning to Arsenal ever again, and he feels very badly treated by Arsene Wenger. The Spaniard was given very few chances by Wenger after his arrival, and it was obvious after the first half of the season that Wenger was only willing to use Lucas when he had very little other choices, as he preferred to use Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck as centre-forward. So I find it strange that the Boss didn’t cash in on him in the January transfer window when it was obvious that Perez was surplus to requirements.
This is what Lucas was reported as saying in his interview: “They [Arsenal] are not behaving well with me,” Perez reportedly told Dick Law. “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.
“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.”
Now Wenger has a problem in trying to sell Perez in the European market after having a year on the sidelines, so he will find it nearly impossible to recoup the fee that Arsenal paid for him. We all know the Chinese clubs are willing to pay mega money for even ordinary European players, so why didn’t Wenger cash in on him while he had the chance?