David has also been linked with a move to England, and the 21-year-old has revealed he followed the Gunners as an up and coming player.
He told L'Equipe: "I watched Barca a lot, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. I might not have been ready in my head. But that was the only option, my goal from the start. I knew I had to make sacrifices.
"That's when I met Nick Mavromaras, my agent, who had the contacts."
Borussia Monchengladbach also tried to sign David but he decided on a move to Ligue 1.
"At the meeting with Luis Campos [Lille's sporting director at the time], I liked his project," David added. "It was a very young team, with a lot of ambition and there was the Champions League. I was going to play, continue my progress in a French-speaking environment, which was supposed to help my integration.
"Ligue 1 was a chance to grow at a big club at the top of the table. It was the right time to test myself.