Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he blocked an approach from Manchester United to take Mathieu Debuchy on loan for the rest of the season.
Man United made the move on the final day of the winter transfer window but right-back Debuchy ended up making the switch to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux instead.
Wenger insisted that he blocked Debuchy’s proposed move to United as he could not strengthen a direct rival.
“I hope that’s not surprising to you [that the move was blocked],” he said.
“If Man United wants to buy a player…you don’t loan players to clubs who have resources, not to direct rivals. There’s nothing shocking in that. I stand up for that. [Yes] I was surprised by their move. I can understand it, but I find it logical [that I said no].”
It’s understandable why Wenger did not want Debuchy to move to United and it was an ambitious move for Louis van Gaal to make in the first place.
With Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia all injured, van Gaal has had to turn to Donald Love at right-back in recent weeks but the Scot has failed to impress, although he has been thrown in under difficult circumstances. Van Gaal’s decision to trim the squad in the summer has come back to haunt him.