Was Wenger right to stop frustrated Debuchy going to Man United?

It’s been reported in the last few days that the Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy is demanding a move away from the Emirates, after spending the last two years of his career being limited to playing with the reserves.

Debuchy has been unable to regain his place in the squad ever since Bellerin took advantage of the Frenchman’s injury back in 2014. He subsequently spent the second half of last season out on loan at Bordeaux after failing to get minutes under his belt at Arsenal. It now looks like after just 16 minutes of game time for the player this season, that he once again is wanting out and Wenger may be willing to provide him with an exit. Debuchy has been linked with a move back to Ligue 1, with a number of clubs including Marseille reportedly interested in making a move for the right back. But Debuchy has now revealed that one of his biggest frustrations with Arsenal is his relationship with Arsene Wenger.

Debuchy is no doubtedly frustrated with his time at Arsenal because quite frankly it hasn’t worked out as planned since his move from Newcastle. But Debuchy is supposedly on the rocks with boss Arsene Wenger, after Wenger blocked him from moving to Manchester United. The French defender revealed: ‘I wasn’t playing a lot, it was United, there’s nothing else to say. For me, it was almost unexpected, but the coach said no. It’s something I did not appreciate. He wasn’t using me, so I didn’t see his interest in doing that.’

In fairness to Debuchy I’m sure the move did look like an attractive option, after all a transfer to United would have allowed him to get the minutes he wanted, with a team that is renowned worldwide. However from Arsene Wenger’s perspective, whether it be a loan or permanent transfer, Debuchy to United would’ve only directly strengthened a rival in an area they needed additions and that’s something Wenger shouldn’t have considered at all. Now Debuchy is certainly no RVP, but it still wouldn’t have been wise to allow United to obtain Debuchy and Wenger definitively made the right decision in waiting for offers elsewhere.

Debuchy’s career at Arsenal is almost certainly over, despite showing a little glimpse of promise during preseason. He did also have a chance to step up during Bellerin’s injury, but Debuchy himself got injured too in his first Premier League start of the season for the Gunners. I fully expect Debuchy to leave North London during the January transfer window, but the question remains whether it will be on loan or in a permanent move, but definitely not to Man United!



  1. RSH says:

    Yeah, don’t help anyone in race for 4th.

  2. SQ says:

    Mustafi is back everything will be just fine

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Honestly! ………. Never wanted debuchy at arsenal even when he was at Newcastle..
    But him doning the Arsenal shirt changed my feelings at the time
    Now i want him out so…. I’m sorry!

  4. citrenoogeht says:

    Most of the above comments have missed the point completely. The question is was Wenger right to stop Debuchy from going to UTD? The answer is simply yes. I feel sorry for Debuchy about missing his chance, being injured and not being played etc but what trumps everything is that we cannot afford to strength our rivals. It is therefore ‘tit for tat’ as none of our rivals would willingly strengthen us. There are many examples of this in recent history. A few seasons ago Mourinho was livid when he was over-ruled at letting Cech come to Arsenal. Recently it has come to light that Roberto Firmino’s contract at Liverpool includes an unusual ‘anti-Arsenal’ clause which bars him from signing directly to Arsenal.

  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Apparently, Debuchy won’t strenghten man-utd’s team but Bellerin will
    The only problem lies with selling to a direct rival….that’s all
    If getting a decent Backup (not the likes of Jenko) will go a Long way in strenghtening this team, then why not?
    Even Sagna (RB) who left for Citeh (cept he left for free) hasn’t really come back to haunt us

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