North London’s leading Premier League lights are set to do battle for the signature of young Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia in the January window; here we run the rule over what he has to offer.
The Gunners are currently 7/10 favourites in the annual race for the top four, with Spurs 6/5 to qualify for the Champions League.
The Sochaux man was dribbled past just eight times in 34 starts during his club’s successful relegation battle last season and rates a solid customer at the back.
Corchia is no lumpen, defence-minded full-back and the quality of his crossing is one of the facets of his game that has drawn admiration from clubs of the stature of Bayern Munich in the past.
He created 20 scoring opportunities last season, assisting two goals.
Not averse to the odd moment of goalscoring exuberance either, he’s more than capable of Glen Johnson-esque scoring sorties in from the right flank – see his strike against Rennes last season for details.
For Sochaux the youngster has displayed something of a weakness for the long ball, with only 31 of 92 such passes attempted last term finding a sympathetic target.
His stature is relatively slight and at 5ft 9in he isn’t much of a force in the air, but there’s plenty of pace in those boots.
Despite being just 22, Corchia has amassed 155 games worth of wisdom in all competitions, mostly at the highest level in France.
In addition he’s represented his nation from Under-17 through to Under-21 level, at which he made 26 appearances.
His speed, dribbling abilities and useful crossing would allow him to operate on the right wing if required and he has also ably filled in at left-back in the past.
Corchia has reportedly been told he can leave Sochaux in January and has previously stated that the Premier League and Bundesliga are his favoured European leagues.
It’s thought that Les Lionceaux will demand a relatively modest £7m for a player that many believe will succeed Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna as right-back for the French national side.