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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised to striker over poor treatment in private transfer meeting


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised for giving the No. 9 jersey to Alexandre Lacazette without consulting Lucas Perez.

The agent of the Spaniard has revealed that a private meeting was held between himself, his client and the Arsenal boss.

The 28-year-old will certainly leave the club this summer with Deportivo de La Coruna eager to re-sign him.

"We spoke to him [Wenger] on Friday in a long conversation," agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle told Radio Marca Coruna.

"He was the one that set that starting price of €15million and acknowledged that he was wrong in some things [giving Perez's shirt number to Lacazette].

"He apologised for not doing as they ought to.

"Lucas Perez is calm, he has to train and worry about preparing for the season. He wants to play, he has said he wants to leave, but we also know that he has a three-year contract with a club that he signed 11 months ago.

"At least we already have that asking price.

"We consider it high and disproportionate because in the end he is a player who cost Arsenal €21 million and now comes after a year in which he has not played much and with a repayment of €5m per year to be distributed over four years.

"It's important to be clear – it's impossible that Lucas Perez can go to Deportivo today.

"To this day the best offer is from Deportivo. There is a lot of interest in the French league, the Turkish league, the Premier League, the Bundesliga.

"It's normal, we're talking about an Arsenal player who did not play a lot there but he's the only one who scored in four competitions."

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