30-year-old: I did not want Arsenal
Mathieu Debuchy has revealed Arsene Wenger stopped him from joining Manchester United on transfer deadline day.
The 30-year-old was sent to Bordeux on a six-month loan deal after complaining about lack of playing time following the emergence of Hector Bellerin.
However, Debuchy insists what he desired was a move to Old Trafford which Wenger refused to allow after previously strengthening the red devils with the sale of Robin van Persie in 2012.
“I was disappointed, obviously. If I had the chance to go to Manchester United it would have been magnificent,” he told Canal+.
“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.”
Debuchy, who joined Arsenal from Newcastle United in July 2014 for a fee believed to be £12m, featured just twice in the Premier League for the Gunners this season before sealing a move to Bordeaux.
The France international admits he was disappointed not to have had the game time initially promised by Wenger earlier in the season.
“I came back well this summer, I had a good pre-season,” he added.
“I was able to talk to him to know my future at Arsenal. He said that I would have game time and that we would discuss it in December. Unfortunately, I didn’t have this game time.”