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Arsene Wenger Blocked This Defender’s Move To Manchester United – Report

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy could have signed for Manchester United last year had Arsene Wenger not blocked his move.

Former manager Louis van Gaal was keen to rope in the defender and was ready to offer the defender a five-year contract. The Dutch manager eventually went on to sign Matteo Darmian from Torino.

Debuchy was signed from Newcastle for a fee of £12m. The right back was supposed to be the first choice under Arsene Wenger but subsequent injuries forced him to spend the most of the time on the sidelines. In his absence, Hector Bellerin rose to the occasion and since then has established himself in the Gunners starting lineup.

Debuchy has been struggling to get into the squad as Hector Bellerin and Carl Jenkinson have been preferred over him. However, a possible injury to Jenkinson might offer him a chance to feature in next week’s EFL Cup quarter-final tie against Southampton as Bellerin is currently injured.

He went to Bordeaux on loan in January but struggled a lot there and came back to the Emirates. It is reported that the 31-year old is seeking a permanent transfer but the decision is up to Wenger whether he wants to sell the defender or not.

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