Mathieu Debuchy did not play a single Premier League minute for Arsenal this season, and that seems to be eating away at the Frenchman.
Despite moving to St. Etienne on a free, Debuchy lashed out at Arsene Wenger for not allowing him to make a much more high-profile move.
“I would have liked to have left Arsenal earlier and to have played for a different club,” Debuchy told French media outlet RMC Sport. “There were moments when I was angry with the manager.”
The 32-year-old says a much more high-profile transfer was on the cards. “I had an opportunity, on loan at Manchester United, that he [Wenger] refused me because he did not want to strengthen a direct competitor at the time.”
In December, Wenger praised Debuchy for his value to the team, calling the Frenchman “mentally strong” and saying his value is in his fortitude as a backup, always ready to jump in for his chance. “Not many can do that, but Mathieu can do that,” Wenger said.
However, Debuchy did not appear in league play this season, and played just once for the Gunners in 2018, an FA Cup appearance against Nottingham Forest where he logged 87 minutes. He also has two EFL Cup matches under his belt this season, and four appearances in Europa League play.