Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger personally blocked late loan bid from Manchester United for Mathieu Debuchy

Debuchy has joined Bordeuax on loan until the end of the season but saw a late offer arrive from Manchester United

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Manchester United made a last-ditch effort to try and sign out-going Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, but saw the offer blocked by the Gunners who did not want to strengthen a Premier League rival.

30-year-old Debuchy is out of favour at the Emirates after falling behind Hector Bellerin at right-back this season, and he was allowed to return to his homeland and join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on a loan until the end of the season in a deadline day deal.

However, The Mirror claims that United made a last-minute attempt to sign the France international, and attempted to take him on a loan deal to Old Trafford in a bid to ease their injury troubles this season.

First-choice right-back Matteo Darmian joined a lengthy injury list that includes fellow defenders Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, while both Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia will miss the bulk of the season due to a broken leg and ankle injuries respectively.

Debuchy is said to have been keen to join Louis van Gaal’s squad, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is believed to have personally vetoed the possibility of Debuchy heading to another side who could yet figure in the outcome of the Premier League title.

The former Newcastle defender is determined to remain in the France squad ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament, and wants to play regular first-team football in a bid to maximise his chances of being selected for the championship which will be hosted in France.