Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had tracked the highly-rated playmaker throughout the summer as he sought to boost his midfield in the wake of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri’s impending departures.
It’s thought Wenger tried to sign the 23-year-old on deadline day only for his approach to be rebuffed by the French club – leading to the loan signing of Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea.
Martin has now signed a new and improved deal at the Ligue 1 club until 2015 but doesn’t envisage fulfilling seeing out the full length of his contract.
He has revealed that an agreement has been struck with the Sochaux board which will allow him to leave next summer if a club like Arsenal comes in.
Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe he said: “We had a good talk and we found an agreement.”
“The officials made a promise. Indeed, an agreement to let me leave. I will remain at Sochaux until the end to the season.”
The Gunners could now wait and move for the highly rated midfielder, who made his debut for the French national side in June and now has five caps to his name, next summer as opposed to during the January transfer window.
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