Mathieu Debuchy claims Arsenal blocked his move to Man Utd

Mathieu Debuchy
Image: Manchester United were apparently keen to sign Mathieu Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy has revealed he was denied a Deadline Day move to Manchester United as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did not want to "help out a rival".

The France right-back was still allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium, joining Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season having failed to displace Hector Bellerin from the starting XI. 

Debuchy says he was frustrated by Wenger's refusal to sanction his move to Old Trafford and feels he was denied a "magnificent" opportunity. 

"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.

Mathieu Debuchy has made only one Premier League start this term
Image: Debuchy failed to secure a regular first-team berth at Arsenal this season

"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.

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The 30-year-old admits he was disappointed not to have had the game time initially promised by Wenger earlier in the season. 

Arsene Wenger watches the action
Image: Debuchy says Arsene Wenger was unwilling to sanction a move to United

"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."

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