He must have expected that, he should know that Alexandre Lacazette would be given Arsenal’s number 9, but he still expected the club to be more… tactful, and at least talk to him before taking away his jersey number.
Lucas Perez was given number 28 instead, and talking to a newspaper back home, in Galicia, he didn’t try to hide his disappointment.
They are not being fair with me. The act of taking away my number without telling me anything to give to a teammate, that was the last straw for me
the Spanish striker told La Voz De Galicia.
It is unfortunate. And I can’t go on this way. I have given them everything, but they haven’t responded in kind. And I can’t take it anymore
Lucas also said, clearing out that it wasn’t the number change itself that was the ‘last straw’, but the way it was done by the club.
The least they could have done was to let me know before, even if they were going to take it away anyway. On the trip, Lacazette asked the manager and he agreed to it. Afterward, they communicated it to us
the former Deportivo La Coruna striker said, before opening up about what he wants for himself next.
I want to play football. But to do that I have to leave. And I think where I will be better off is in my home, with Depor. I feel like I was tricked. In February I was not allowed to leave for China but it was promised that I would be playing more and then I had even fewer opportunities. But the shirt number was an ugly gesture
Lucas was quoted as saying, with ESPN claiming that a source close to the player verified that the quotes had been said like that indeed.