Arsene Wenger says there was “nothing shocking” in his decision to block Mathieu Debuchy from joining Manchester United in January.
Defender Debuchy had been a target for Premier League clubs throughout the winter transfer window, with the Frenchman failing to dislodge Hector Bellerin from a starting place at Arsenal.
Aston Villa and Sunderland were thought to be interested, but Manchester United emerged as a late contender for his signature.
Wenger vetoed the move however, and Debuchy joined Ligue 1 club Bordeaux on loan until the summer.
Debuchy said that he was “annoyed” with Wenger for denying him the opportunity to move to Old Trafford.
Asked whether it was true that he stopped Debuchy from moving to United, Wenger said: “I hope that’s not surprising to you.
“It’s true. I stand up for that. There was nothing shocking in that.
“If Man Utd 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 deal].”