By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that he is “annoyed” with Arsene Wenger over what he feels was a broken promise about playing time at Arsenal.
The France international has also confirmed, as reported by Football Insider, that the Gunners manager blocked a potential loan move to Manchester United in January.
Debuchy, who sealed a loan move to Bordeaux on deadline day, pushed hard for a move away from Arsenal after losing his starting place to Hector Bellerin and there is a strong possibility that he has now played his last match for Wenger’s team.
In an interview with French Canal Plus, Debuchy said he hopes Arsenal go on to win the Premier League without him but acknowledged that he was disappointed with the way he had been treated by Wenger.
“Yes, I’m a little bit annoyed by him,” Debuchy said. “It’s his choice [not to give him playing time]. I came back well this summer, I had a good preseason.
“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.”
Debuchy’s loan deal to Bordeaux only went through on deadline day after a drawn-out process that had seen him hold talks with Aston Villa and Sunderland.
The Frenchman said he was also disappointed that Wenger refused to let him join United, who made a late attempt to take him on loan.
“Yes, at the end of the transfer window they came in,” Debuchy said. “They contacted my agents. 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 joined Arsenal in 2014 from Newcastle but struggled with injuries in his first season, which gave Bellerin the chance to come in and stake his claim to the position.
“Yes, he’s good,” he said. “I can’t deny it, that’s sure, but I thought I could also fit in as a starter. But that’s the way it is.”
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners had a deadline day-bid for emerging England star Ryan Sessegnon rejected by Fulham.