Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he was justified in blocking right-back Mathieu Debuchy’s loan move to Man Utd.
United made a transfer deadline day approach to sign the Arsenal defender on a loan move, but their approach was rejected by the Gunners.
Debuchy recently claimed that he felt disappointed after Wenger blocked his move to Man Utd. However, Wenger believes that he was right in not sending one of his players to a direct rival.
Speaking at a pre-match conference before the FA Cup tie against Hull City, Wenger said: “I hope that’s not surprising to you.
“You loan players out to clubs who don’t have the resources, but not to direct opponents. It was nothing shocking in that, and it’s true [that he blocked it], I stand up for that, yes. I find that logical.”
The France international had fallen in the pecking order for the Gunners following the emergence of Hector Bellerin last season.
The 30-year old eventually joined Ligue 1 club Bordeaux on a loan deal until the end of the season. Debuchy was eager to leave Gunners in the winter to increase his chances to get included in France national team for Euro 2016.