Corchia chooses Lyon over Arsenal as defender looks at Emirates exit

One of the big names expected to move away from the Emirates over the summer is Bacary Sagna whose future has come under increased speculation in the past couple of weeks.

But The Gunners have lost one of their possible replacements following the news that Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia has agreed to move initially to Lyon.

The 22 year old has impressed many people in Ligue 1 this season and recently emerged as a possible transfer target for Arsenal should Sagna leave over the summer.

Corchia had been on OL’s target for some time with the former French champions keen to seek a replacement for the aging Anthony Reveillere.

Whilst the deal has yet to be confirmed officially by both clubs, initial terms have been reached between the two French sides with just a few formalities left to sort out.

Corchia’s form had attracted interest from Arsenal in recent months and had sparked rumours that the London side were going to make a bid in the transfer window.

But with no bid made by Arsenal the last few weeks, Corchia remained a free target for Lyon to pursue. If there were any doubts about the move, the right back’s agent Francois Gilles said that “Sebastien has chosen. Lyon is the future, this is what he wants (and) is what he has planned. I can at least confirm that today.”

However, it looks like Arsenal may not need to find a replacement for Bacary Sagna after he has revealed that he is talking with the club about his future.

Sagna’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires next year and the club have been keen to get Sagna to sign a new deal in recent months.

Even though the club and player are now in negotiations, there is still a lot of talk that the French international may fancy a move to either Monaco or PSG who are now enjoying the benefits of having a billionaire owner.

Barcelona have also been reportedly linked with a move but Sagna’s choice to try and land a new deal will also have cooled off interest from the La Liga champions.

Should Sagna still choose to leave though, Arsenal may have to rely on young defender Carl Jenkinson to enter into the first team after a string of impressive performances last season.

As Sebastien Corchia packs his bag off to Lyon, it will now be up to Arsene Wenger to ensure that the club retains the services of one of their most consistent and ever-present squad members.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!