Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said in his pre-match press conference, reported by The Mirror ahead of the FA Cup clash with Hull City that he rejected a loan bid from Manchester United for Mathieu Debuchy.
During the January transfer window, the out-of-favour defender was linked with a number of Premier League clubs, with Aston Villa said to be one of the teams interested in securing the services of the French international until the end of the season.
A potential link-up with compatriot Remi Garde never materialised but shortly before the end of the month, United were reported to have lodged a bid due to injuries in their full-back areas.
Debuchy has recently commented that a temporary move to Old Trafford was blocked, and Wenger has given his reason why he permitted the 30-year-old to join Bordeaux and not United.
When asked if there was any truth in Debuchy's comments, Wenger said: "I hope that’s not surprising. You loan players to clubs who don’t have resources, not direct rivals.”
Before moving to Ligue 1, Debuchy had made just seven appearances in all competitions this season - the last of which came on November 24.
The former Newcastle United man had stressed that he wanted to play regularly in a bid to make the France squad for Euro 2016.