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.