Arsenal target edges closer to exit - reports

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FC Sochaux are trying to reach a resolution with want-away French midfielder and reported Arsenal target Kevin Anin understands.

The 25-year-old was one of two players belonging to the Ligue 1 outfit who went on strike and refused to play, in an attempt to engineer a move away from the Stade Auguste Bonal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been running the rule over a number of the Sochaux first-team squad, including fellow midfielder Marvin Martin - who recently signed a new deal with the club until 2015.

Having been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, the young playmaker has been rewarded with improved terms and a 12-month extension to his previous deal.


Sochaux cairman Alexandre Lacombe praised Martin for his commitment and loyalty to the club, but admitted he is unsure how much longer the disillusioned Anin will be at the club.

"We are very happy. Marvin showed his exemplarity, and it is the kind of player we want to keep," he confirmed. "Anin and [Modibo] Maiga? I tried but I didn't get any news."

Anin spent four years with Le Havre, where he developed as a junior, before moving to Sochaux in 2010, and having turned in a number of impressive displays, has courted Arsenal's attention.

He's one of a number of midfielders thought to be on the Gunners' radar, after Wenger opted to strengthen his midfield ranks with the deadline day addtion of Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun.

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