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. "