Arsenal FC manager, Arsene Wenger says he will never loan players to rivals following Man United’s failed loan bid for Mathieu Debuchy in the winter break.
Manchester United made an effort to try and sign out-going Arsenal defender, Mathieu Debuchy, but saw the offer blocked by the Gunners who preferred to send him to France, with Bordeaux because they did not want to strengthen a Premier League rival.
Arsene Wenger must have obviously learnt from his sale of Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, who ultimately fired the later to their 20th Premiership crown in the penultimate season of the legendary Sir Alex Feguson, and with Arsenal finishing fourth, having not won the trophy since 2004.
The French defender said he was “annoyed” that Wenger blocked move to Old Trafford, said it would have been “magnificent” if he had been allowed to join United, who made a late bid to take him from the Emirates Stadium until the end of the season.
“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, 30, eventually went to Bordeaux (city in France) on loan for the rest of the season and there was some skepticism at Arsenal about the level of Manchester United’s interest.
However, The Mirror claims that Manchester United made a last-minute attempt to sign the France international, and attempted to take him on a loan deal to the Old Trafford in a bid to ease their injury troubles this season.
But Wenger insisted that he would never allow Debuchy to go to Manchester united and potentially damage their hopes for a top four finish.
When asked if he thwarted the move, Wenger confirmed it:
“I hope that’s not surprising to you. If Man United wants to buy a player… you loan players out to clubs who do not have the resources, but not to direct opponents.
“There was nothing shocking in that and it’s true, I stand up for that. I was surprised, yes (in United’s interest). I can understand it but I found that logical [to block the loan].”
Ironically Wenger admitted in the past that he tried to sign Danny Welbeck on loan from Man. United in 2014 before eventually signing him on a permanent basis for £16m.