Mathieu Debuchy has admitted that he was upset with Arsene Wenger after he prevented a move to Manchester United.

Debuchy finally left Arsenal during the January transfer window to join St. Etienne on a free transfer.

The right-back had a habit of sticking around, even though he wanted to leave and Arsenal wanted to sell him.

There were a few times where he came close to joining a club, but something would happen to prevent the deal from happening at the last moment.

One of those deals was a potential loan move to Manchester United in January 2016.

Reflecting on his time in north London, Debuchy admitted he had been upset about the blocked move, but that it was all in the past now.

“I would have preferred to play every week at another club, but I have no regrets. It happens,” he told RMC Sport.

“There were difficult times at Arsenal, times when I was upset with the coach.

“I had a chance to join Manchester United on loan, but he refused because he didn’t want to strengthen a rival at the time. 

“We had some conversations that didn’t necessarily please me. But it’s in the past. That’s how football is.”

The Frenchman joined Arsenal in the summer of 2014 but managed only 30 appearances for the club.

Injuries prevented him from establishing himself as our first choice right-back. Hector Bellerin then emerged from the youth team and made that spot his.

Debuchy played a part in the Europa League group stage for the Gunners this season, and even scored a great goal against BATE Borisov.

Now back in France, he has the chance to have a strong end to his career.

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