Arsenal’s Debuchy blocked from Manchester United move; Player, Wenger discuss

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Manchester United wanted to strengthen its back four with the addition of out-of-favor Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, but Arsene Wenger shut the move down.

It isn’t shocking given the longstanding rivalry between United and the Gunners. Well, it isn’t shocking for nearly everyone but Debuchy.

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Now on loan at Bordeaux, the French right back admitted surprise that Wenger wouldn’t sanction the move.

From The Guardian:

“I was disappointed, obviously. If I had the chance to go to Manchester United it would have been magnificent. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case. I discussed it with the coach, too, who said that obviously he couldn’t help out a rival.

“Yes, I’m a little bit annoyed with him. It’s his choice. I had a good pre-season. He said that I would have game time and that we would discuss it in December. Unfortunately, I didn’t have this game time.”

Here’s Wenger’s rationale:

“If Man United wants to buy a player‚ you loan players out to clubs who do not have the resources but not to direct opponents. I was surprised, yes [that United tried]. I can understand it but I found it logical [to block the loan].”

It’s all logical, yes, and Debuchy is now getting playing time on loan at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.