Due to his desire to get regular playing time in order to regain form ahead of the European Championship in France this summer, Arsenal loaned right-back Mathieu Debuchy to Bordeaux in France instead of letting him go to a league rival in England. One suitor that came calling was Manchester United, and the player admitted, as reported by BBC Sport, that he was upset that Arsene Wenger and his backroom staff did not let him go to the northwest club.
It would have been magnificent, I discussed it with the coach, who said that obviously he couldn’t help out a rival.
Before his dislocated shoulder kept him out of action for almost all of the second half of the 2014/15 season, Debuchy had proven himself to be a solid signing, bought from Newcastle United in the summer transfer window of 2014. Currently, at 30-years-old, the right-back is just about out of his prime years and will probably start regressing physically and technically at a quick rate.
By the time he got off the training table with just a few matches left in the season, then-teenager Hector Bellerin had taken the spot on the right flank for himself, leaving the Frenchman way down in the pecking order. The Spaniard proved himself to be one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, and maybe even the world, leaving Debuchy with little choice but to leave.
Because he is mostly a reliable defender, Wenger did not want to loan him to a team competing with Arsenal for a UEFA Champions League spot, and naturally Debuchy was annoyed at Wenger for that decision.
Unfortunately it wasn’t the case. Yes, I’m a little bit annoyed with him. It’s his choice.