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Arsene Wenger denied Mathieu Debuchy the opportunity to join Manchester United in the last winter transfer window, according to the Daily Express.
The out of favour right back was loaned to Bordeaux on deadline day in January but they were not his only option as Manchester United also tried to sign him that window
Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal had seen his first choice right back at the time suffer a serious injury and wanted Debuchy as cover but Wenger immediately rejected their offer because he didn’t want to strengthen a direct rival.
And Wenger’s decision to block a potential move to Old Trafford didn’t go down well with the France International, who in one of his interview after completing the loan move to Bordeaux lashed out at Wenger.
His outburst strained the relationship between himself and the boss and in turn damaged his chances of playing for Arsenal’s first team. He is yet to play a single minute for Arsenal since he returned back from his Bordeaux spell in the summer and it doesn’t look like he will be on the pitch anytime soon.
The defender’s frustration at being denied a move to Old Trafford is understandable as he wanted to continue playing for a big club but there was no way Wenger would have strengthened a direct rival.
In a league like the Premier League where competition is at its peak, the worse thing to do is to do business with a direct rival and I think Wenger’s decision not to allow him join Man Utd was the best for Arsenal.
Debuchy is set to leave the Emirates this winter again but considering his current situation, it is unlikely that a direct rival will attempt to sign him this time around.
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