After a completely tumultuous time in north London since arriving from La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna last summer, Lucas Perez’s return to Spain has been announced today on a season-long loan.
The 28-year-old was signed by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in a £17 million deal last year, with a view to becoming a key striker at the Emirates, but his first-team opportunities have been limited.
It was thought – as reported by the Independent – that Arsenal were hoping to off-load the Spanish striker on a permanent basis, but their £13.8 million valuation was deemed too much for Deportivo, and instead Perez has been allowed to join on-loan.
Speculation coming from the Daily Mail earlier this morning believed that Premier League sides Newcastle and Everton were also considering a move for Perez, but he has favoured a return home.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website read:
“Lucas returns to Deportivo, where he enjoyed a prolific campaign in 2015/16, equalling a club record for goals scored in successive games. Among the highlights of Lucas’s time with us last season are his wonderful volley away to Bournemouth in January and his hat-trick in our Champions’ League victory over Basel.
“We all wish Lucas well for his time with Deportivo this coming season.”
Perez was awarded just 11 Premier League appearances last season – and only two starts – and the fact that Alexandre Lacazette was given his number nine jersey upon his arrival proved to be the final straw.
Arsenal took to social media to announce the Spaniard’s exit…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 31, 2017
And it’s fair to say Arsenal supporters felt sorry for Perez after his spell…
The manner in which Wenger treated Lucas Perez says all about Wenger.
— Dolapo Oluwa (@dollypee60) August 31, 2017
I don't understand why @Arsenal bought Joel Campbell or Lucas Perez. Both very good players hardly given a chance by the club.
— WrongFootPele (@WrongFootPele) August 31, 2017
With some believing that there’s still room for him at the Emirates…
Lucas perez could have been a great player.. But Wenger never trusted him last year.. Put in great displays whenver he was called up
— Ranganath D. (@drgooner) August 31, 2017
Should have kept Lucas Perez. Never had a bad game. Quality player.
— Bryan Ö (@BryanOrrala) August 31, 2017
— Tugay (@I_Hate_Spurs) August 31, 2017
Lucas Perez, an ex player of a team that finished 15th in la Liga, managed to score 17 goals in 36 appearances for em. & We just benched him
— Rushky (@ComradeRushky) August 31, 2017
Although the majority of people’s minds were firmly elsewhere…
Sounds like arsenal doing the hokey kokey wi transfers, in out in out wi deals on Lemar and Sanchez..
— Neil Christie (@86christie) August 31, 2017
— Stephen Coombes (@StephenCoombes) August 31, 2017
And wondering where it all went wrong after the Lacazette signing…
Whoever leaves or whoever comes, AFC is still a great club??. Unfortunately there's a monkeys tea party going on upstairs ?
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) August 31, 2017
— Craig Foxall (@foxall7) August 31, 2017
Weather it's the owners, board, Wenger there making a joke out of our club! Worst state it has ever been in! They all need to go!! #Arsenal
— Gary Ticehurst (@GTice_86) August 31, 2017
Lacazette just got to emirates and everyone's leaving ?
— Nsikan (@_Kiimosabe) August 31, 2017
Whilst, on a side note, Newcastle and Everton fans were equally unimpressed with their clubs…
— Paul Reece (@PaulReece10) August 31, 2017
Looking to see if Everton have signed anyone on deadline day pic.twitter.com/q5JUuzI6yt
— Molly Harrison (@MollyOHarrison) August 31, 2017
But let’s just hope some fans don’t stay true to their word…
If Lucas Perez doesn't sign for Newcastle today I'll set my son on fire
— Sam (@Joselology) August 31, 2017
What do you think Arsenal fans? Was Perez given a fair chance? Let us know below.