Arsenal forward Lucas Perez has revealed that he would consider a move back to Deportivo la Coruna in the summer if they want him back as he has been disgruntled at the Emirates over a lack of game time. The Spaniard believes that he deserves to play more and had a discussion with the manager regarding his predicament.
The 28-year-old has started only three games for the Gunners in the League and Champions League this season and he insists that such scant involvement has not helped him progress as a footballer. He was particularly used in the EFL Cup and FA Cup, picking up seven goals in whatever meagre minutes were afforded to him by the manager, including a brilliant volley in a exasperating 3-3 draw against Bournemouth in the league.
"This season has been difficult because I think I've deserved to play more," Perez told Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia, as quoted by Sky Sports. "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. People talk about you without knowing you, and that hurts sometimes. I've only kissed the badge at one club and that was Depor's. I never lied or did anything behind their back.I came [to Arsenal] to try and progress. I think anyone would do what I have done."
The Gunners have four games left in the season following their 2-0 win over Manchester United and should they win their remaining fixtures, they will have half a chance of making the top four, which Arsene Wenger has managed in his 20 years at the club. Perez is currently injured but should be available for selection in the FA Cup final against Chelsea later this month.