How the relegation fight pans out at the bottom of the French first division is not normally a matter of close interest for most Premier League fans, but Arsenal's reported interest in signing Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia could well be affected by whether the French side's bid for survival is successful in the next few months.
Corchia is being watched by several clubs, including Arsenal's North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but the Gunners are apparently leading the chase, and there has been speculation they have already agreed a €5million fee subject to Sochaux being relegated.
The young right back has been excellent even as Sochaux have struggled this season, and could be seen as competition for Carl Jenkinson as Arsenal prepare for the likely loss of Bacary Sagna this summer. Corchia is a fine attacking full back, and also a dead ball specialist.
It was expected that there would be a tussle between several clubs for his signature this summer, with Corchia’s recent suggestion that he will look to move to bigger club putting several sides on alert, so Arsenal will be hoping for Sochaux to go down if rumours about the agreement are correct.
Over their last eight matches, Sochaux have every chance of getting out of trouble, with most of their games being against mid-table sides who might not have a huge amount to play for come the final weeks of the season. Sochaux also pulled off an impressive win at Lyon in their last outing.
Arsenal will have to hope that the win at Lyon does not presage a Wigan-esque end of season burst that carries Sochaux out of trouble, or they might end up paying more than €5million for the promising Corchia.
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