Mathieu Debuchy has hit out at Arsene Wenger following his loan move to Bordeaux, with the Frenchman claiming his compatriot blocked him from making a move to Manchester United, as reported by Sky Sports.
The 30-year-old’s Arsenal career has long looked over, with his poor reaction to being displaced by Hector Bellerin seeming to essentially end his time at the Emirates. He complains about not getting enough games, but whenever he’s been given a chance he’s failed to impress, and if you don’t perform at a top club then you inevitably get replaced.
It was pretty obvious he’d be on his way out this past January, as even when Bellerin was rested, Debuchy still wasn’t handed a chance. There was interest from Manchester United, but Wenger was understandably unwilling to strengthen a Premier League rival – even if they’ve been struggling this season.
“I was disappointed, obviously. If I had the chance to go to Manchester United it would have been magnificent,” Debuchy told Canal+ (via Sky Sports).
“Unfortunately it wasn’t the case. I discussed it with the coach too, who said that obviously he couldn’t help out a rival.
“Yes, I’m a little bit annoyed with him. It’s his choice.”
Debuchy really has no right to be annoyed with Wenger, as no sensible manager would strengthen a rival if he didn’t stand to benefit massively from the move. Wenger has been known on occasion to put his players’ wishes before the club, but he was clearly not willing to do so this time.
We didn’t even have to let the former Newcastle man leave the club at all, as we’ve now left ourselves a little light in the right-back department. Wenger clearly had sympathy with his countryman and his situation though, and allowed him to leave the club on loan to give him the game time he wasn’t getting at Arsenal.
Debuchy seems to feel he’s entitled to game time for some reason, and feels harshly treated by Wenger through this whole ordeal. The simple fact is he wasn’t good enough though, and the complete lack of effort he appeared to put in saw him deservedly displaced by our young Spaniard.
“I came back well this summer, I had a good pre-season,” he added.
“I was able to talk to him to know my future at Arsenal. He said that I would have game time and that we would discuss it in December. Unfortunately, I didn’t have this game time.”
His move to Bordeaux is only a temporary six month loan, but it’s hard to see him having a future at Arsenal. It seems likely that he’ll make a permanent exit this summer, although whether he’d get an opportunity like Manchester United again remains to be seen.
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Hopefully Arsene Wenger already has his eyes on a replacement, as we can’t leave ourselves without a solid back-up to Bellerin. We should also be preventing the 20-year-old from getting complacent, and should really make sure we have someone else challenging him for a starting spot.