Defender who claimed he would sign for Arsenal agrees Ligue 1 move

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Despite claiming he was on the verge of signing for Arsenal just over a year ago, Stoppila Sunzu has now agreed a move to Sochaux.

It was just over a year ago that Stoppila Sunzu claimed he was on the verge of signing for Arsenal.

The Zambia international – who had recently been part of the triumphant Africa Cup of Nations team – was quoted as saying, “I will be travelling to England to sign a deal with Arsenal after the friendly game against Tanzania.

“As we speak, Mr Katumbi’s (his then-club chairman) personal consultant Salomon Eskadela is here in Zambia waiting to travel with me to England.

I spoke to both Mr Katumbi and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who assured me that I would not be going to London for trials but to discuss personal terms and possibly sign a contract.”

Despite such detailed plans, the contract never came, and a reported deal to play for Reading would also later fall through.

And now, the 24-year-old centre-back has reunited with his former international coach Herve Renard at French club Sochaux, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Speaking after the move, Sunzu said, “Sochuax is not my dream move. It is a stepping stone for me to go to play in the English league.”

So perhaps he may one day turn out at the Emirates Stadium after all.

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