Arsenal target Marvin Martin is set to join Arsenal at the end of the season despite signing a contract extension that will keep him at Sochaux until 2015, according to the Metro.
Martin had been linked with a move to the Gunners over the summer, however their attempts to sign the midfielder a believed to have fallen short, and Martin’s decision to remain with the French side has been rewarded with an improved contract until 2015. However, Martin himself insists he will not remain at the French club for this amount of time.
Martin, 23, was instrumental to Sochaux’s season last year and chipped in with 17 league assists and 3 goals for the French club as they secured fifth place in Ligue 1. Martin’s performances at club level earned him a call up to the French national side last year, and in his five appearances on the international stage, Martin has already scored twice and looks set to become a regular in the French line up.
While some clubs have previously asked players to sign new contracts in order to ensure a higher fee is received when they leave, Martin appears to be adamant a move to Arsenal will go through, while a fee is yet to be discussed between both clubs. At the end of the season, Martin would still have had two years left on his original contract keeping him in France until 2014, so to extend this by a further year seems unlikely to effect either Arsenal’s interest, or the French playmakers desire to head to London.
Martin is quoted speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe claiming, “The officials made a promise. Indeed to let me leave. I will remain at Sochaux until the end to the season.” With Benayoun only at the Emirates until the end of the season, Arsenal will be keen to secure the services of Martin as early as possible, and with a healthy sum left over from the sale of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Wenger will certainly have the financial power to bring the talented Frenchman over to Arsenal.
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