Rennes general manager Pierre Dreossi insists the club made the correct decision for all parties in keeping Yann M'Vila.
The French international midfielder was linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger courting the player heavily throughout the transfer window.
It's claimed the Gunners made a number of offers for the player, with Goal.com reporting a £25 million club-record offer as the summer deadline drew closer in August.
However, Dreossi has revealed that he was always looking to keep the 21-year-old at Route de Lorient, despite the persistent pursuit of the Gunners.
“We tried to find the best way for Yann to stay,” Dreossi told RMC.
“We were able to make an effort, and we did it. It was the best solution for both parties.
“He has reached a high level that is very interesting. If he confirms himself, I hope we will receive the benefits."
Arsenal were forced to take their midfield pursuit elsewhere on deadline day, bringing Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun to the Emirates in an effort to add some strength-in-depth.
However, the Gunners failed to secure the services of a defensive midfielder in the ilk of M'Vila, and the Daily Star Sunday reports Arsenal will return with another bid for the player in January.