Frustrated Lucas Perez to assess options this summer

Wenger: Lucas has potential to be great

Lucas Perez says he’s still eager to prove himself at Arsenal even though he’s been left frustrated by a lack game time at the Emirates.

The Spaniard, who has started only nine games so far this season, also revealed he’s had offers from several clubs, including former side Deportivo La Coruna, and will sit down in the summer to assess his options.

“This season has been difficult because I think I’ve deserved to play more,” Perez told Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia [translated by Sky Sports].

“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.”

He added: “I know I can go to the World Cup and that’s what I have to play for. The [Spain] coach has talked to some of my teammates and has told them that he wants to call me, but of course, if I do not play…next season will be very important.

“That’s why I want to end up winning the FA Cup, the oldest cup in the world, and then think seriously about the future.”

“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 anymore, 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.”

A dyed-in-the-wool Depor fan, Lucas also touched on why it hurts him so much to be criticised for giving life in London a go.

“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.

“They could have sold me to other clubs where I would have earned more, but for a smaller transfer fee, and I didn’t accept the moves because it was my home.

“I came [to Arsenal] to try and progress. I think anyone would do what I have done.”

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