Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy has revealed his frustration with Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman blocked a loan move to Manchester United.
Debuchy last month moved to Bordeaux until the end of the season, but he claims a “magnificent” chance to join United was snatched away from him by Wenger.
The 30-year-old was wanted by Louis van Gaal after the United boss made contact with his agent over a temporary move to Old Trafford to bolster their defensive cover after a spate of injuries.
But Debuchy has revealed Wenger was not willing to allow Debuchy to sign for “a rival”.
“Yes, at the end of the transfer window they [United] came in,” Debuchy told Canal+.”They contacted my agents.
“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.”
Debuchy, who has played three times for Bordeaux, only made seven appearances for Arsenal this season after falling behind first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin.
The France full-back had made 15 appearances the previous season after signing from Newcastle for £12million, but an ankle injury sustained against Manchester City in September 2014 halted his progress and ruled him out until December.
Then a month later he dislocated his shoulder after an awkward fall against Stoke, which allowed Bellerin a first-team chance and the young Spaniard has not looked back since.