Manchester City vs Arsenal: Arsene Wenger reveals he is 'totally against' the Ballon d'Or and says Mathieu Debuchy 'destroyed' at latest injury

Wenger will be without Debuchy for the foreseeable future after the defender underwent surgery having dislocated his shoulder against Stoke

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At the end of a football week dominated by Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed this morning that he is “completely against” the award for the world’s best footballer.

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While the Ballon d’Or grows in importance and prestige every year, there are traditionalists – including Wenger - who see it is as inimical to football’s team element. Wenger was not entitled to a vote for Monday’s award, but he said he would not have used it even if he was.

“I would not vote for any Ballon d’Or,” Wenger said at this morning’s press conference at London Colney. “I’m totally against it. I’m a team-lover and a specialist of somebody who loves team work. I’m completely against that. I would not vote for anybody.”


Wenger revealed that Mathieu Debuchy was “destroyed” after undergoing shoulder surgery which will rule him out until the final weeks of the season. It is the second three-month absence of the season for Debuchy, after an ankle ligament injury he sustained in the autumn.

Now Debuchy, who joined from Newcastle United for £12million in the summer, will likely finish his first Arsenal season having not started many more than 10 Premier League games. “He is destroyed,” Wenger said, “because he is such a keen player, so professional, so willing. It is his first year here and of course he is embarrassed. But it is not his fault.” Wenger described Marko Arnautovic’s push, which caused Debuchy’s awkward fall, as “not needed”.

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Arsenal travel to Manchester City on Sunday and have Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott fully fit and available for selection.