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Mathieu Debuchy has revealed his anger at former manager Arsene Wenger over his decision to stop him from joining Manchester United, according to the Metro.
The former Arsenal defender who now plays for Saint Etienne was signed in 2014 from Newcastle, but saw his career at the club kick off on the wrong foot with two serious injuries in his first year, the emergence of Bellerin after those injuries kept him out of the team.
Two years ago Louis Van Gaal wanted to take him on loan to United but Wenger refused to sanction the move as he didn’t want to strengthen a direct rival.
Debuchy was allowed to cancel his contract at the club and join Saint Etienne for free on deadline day in January, and he has started life in France in the best way possible with a goal on his debut.
Reflecting on his days at Arsenal, he still doesn’t understand why Arsene Wenger blocked his move to United.
“There were some difficult moments at Arsenal, times when of course I was angry with the coach,’ Debuchy told RMC.
‘I had an opportunity to be loaned to Manchester United, that he rejected, because he didn’t want to strengthen a direct rival at the time.
‘There were things said that I didn’t necessarily like. But that’s in the past. That’s how it is, that’s football.”