Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has confirmed Manchester United had a loan deal for the Frenchman blocked by Arsene Wenger in the January transfer window.
Debuchy only made two Premier League appearances this term at the Emirates before leaving for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux until the end of the campaign.
He admitted he was he would have jumped at the chance to move to Man United but was denied the opportunity by Wenger.
“Yes, at the end of the transfer window they came in,” Debuchy said.
“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 on loan in January probably would have helped us given how many injuries Matteo Darmian and Guillermo Varela have suffered but I’m not surprised to hear Wenger blocked the move. It seems he learned after Robin van Persie that selling players to your rivals isn’t the best idea, just look at Danny Welbeck’s late winner at the weekend for another example.
With Darmian and Varela both out injured now, Donald Love was given his debut and he’s likely to be in the team for the foreseeable future unless Varela can recover from his own injury problems.
So, while Debuchy might not have been a game-changing deadline day signing, he may well have at least given us more strength in depth which is something our currently thin squad lacks.