Arsenal can cross Marvin Martin off their wish-list

French midfielder and Arsenal-target, Marvin Martin, is set to snub the North-London club in favour of staying in the Ligue 1 – as Lille are reported to have sealed a deal for the Sochaux star.

Martin, currently with the French National squad at the Euros, has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates as Arsene Wenger prepared to pluck another quality talent from his native country. But Sochaux President Alexandre Lacombe revealed yesterday that the 24 year old is set for a move to Lille, who were on the lookout for a direct replacement for the departed Eden Hazard.

Speaking to RMC Lacombe said: “It is an open secret. [Lille president] Michel Seydoux is currently abroad. We hoped to be called this afternoon, but we expect it to be tomorrow. For Marvin, it will be Lille.”

Martin’s time at Sochaux was expected to come to an end this summer as the attacking midfielder looked to move to the next level, namely European football. Despite having a contract till 2015 he is set to cost Lille only €10m, which is a fraction of what they received from Chelsea for Hazard. Wenger will now have to look elsewhere for an attacking midfielder of similar quality as the reshaping of the Arsenal squad continues.

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