Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he did indeed block a deadline day approach from Manchester United who wanted to take Mathieu Debuchy on loan for the rest of the season.
The France international, who had also been linked with Aston Villa and Sunderland, ended up moving to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux but lamented this week that a move to Old Trafford had failed.
“They [Manchester United] contacted my agents,” Debuchy told Canal Plus.
“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.
Speaking on Friday ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup fifth round game with Hull City, the boss explained why he had made the decision.
“I hope that’s not surprising to you [that the move was blocked].
“If Man United wants to buy a player…you don’t loan players to clubs who have resources, not to direct rivals.”
“There’s nothing shocking in that. I stand up for that. [Yes] I was surprised by their move. I can understand it, but I find it logical [that I said no].”
Obviously, it’s a little easier to be bullish in these situations when there isn’t a big wad of cash being waved in your direction. In the
In the past we’ve both benefited from the generosity of rivals (Yossi Benayoun’s move to Arsenal comes to mind) and seen late requests of our own blocked (Mourinho denying us the chance to sign Demba Ba).
Whatever. I doubt we’ll hear much from Debuchy again this season.