It’s a matter of public record that Arsene Wenger blocked Mathieu Debuchy from moving on loan to Manchester United last January, however, what we’ve not known until now is quite how desperate Louis van Gaal was to sign the Frenchman.
L’Equipe report this morning that the Red Devils were willing to offer the right-back a five-year deal, despite him struggling with injuries and falling out of form at the Emirates. That the opportunity was shut down by his boss is a disappointment that Debuchy was happy to take public.
As you’ll recall, Debuchy suffered a shoulder and ankle injury in his first season opening the door for Hector Bellerin to nail down a first team spot. He’s not really had a look in since, making just 22 appearances in total, and none at all this term.
The eponymous Sport Witness translate the original article in which Debuchy is described as a ‘Devil in a cage’ – a gilded cage no like, given how much he’s earning.
It’ll be interesting to see whether we try and get shot of the 30-year-old in January, it’s still beggars belief that he didn’t leave in the summer.