Lucas Perez to leave Arsenal in next couple of days

Lucas Perez will leave Arsenal next week and re-join Deportivo La Coruna, according to reports.

Having left the Galician side for Arsenal last summer, Perez found playing time hard to come by under Arsene Wenger, despite the Frenchman’s admiration of his ability and season prior to the move, where he scored an impressive 17 goals in 37 games.

Just 11 appearances in the Premier League have seen he Spaniard looking to leave, and with the arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates, Perez has talked of his poor treatment.

Speaking with La Voz de Galicia two weeks ago, Perez discussed his time at the North London club and his frustrations – which included having the number nine shirt taken from him and given to Lacazette.

Reports in Spanish press claimed Depor had offered the striker a 10-year contract to return to the Riazor but saw a bid rejected earlier this week by the English club.

However, boss Pepe Mel, who has been speaking with the striker has now confirmed that a deal will happen and could be as close as next week.

“He has told me yes and I have no choice but to believe him,” Mel is quoted as saying by La Voz De Galicia.

“I have not known the president for a long time but I know how passionate he is for this club and he will do all he can to make this happen.

“It is obvious and well-known just what such a great striker would add to this team; yes it’s a shame he will not be here for Real Madrid but he will improve us a lot.

“The market finishing after two league matches benefits the big club and hurts the humble clubs like Depor, it is a shame.”

Perez began his playing career with Atletico Madrid, before spells with Rayo Vallecano, Dinamo Kiev and PAOK.

During his time with Deportivo, he scored an impressive 24 goals in 59 games.

 

Source: La Liga News