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Arsenal kid Ismael Bennacer: I was blocked from English loan move

Ismael Bennacer admits he was blocked from leaving Arsenal last summer.

English teams were keen to sign him temporarily with a purchase option, says the Daily Star.

Instead, the 18-year-old midfielder was sent to French minnows Tours and will return to the Emirates at the end of the season.

"The manager [Arsene Wenger] did not want to loan me out this summer," he told La Nouvelle Republique.

"He told me to wait six months.

"But this winter Wenger advised me to do it. "

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