Sebastien Corchia: Ligue Un Expert On The Man To Replace Sagna At Arsenal
Reports in today's Guardian claim that Arsene Wenger is after French full-back Sebastien Corchia as the man to be the successor to unchallenged right-back Bacary Sagna. Here's a scouting written just before Christmas so you can get a bit of an idea about the Sochaux man.
Corchia was born in the Parisian suburbs in 1990 and started his career with hometown club Stade Olympique de Rosny-sous-Bois Football. In 2003, aged 13, he managed to attain a place at the famous national training club of INF Clairefontaine. This made progress even faster than he was meant to. During this period, he also trained with the youth teams from Paris Saint Germain.
Following his three year stint at Clairefontaine, he joined the youth academy of Le Mans. There, his performances with the reserve team as well as the French U17, U18 and U19 sides rapidly caught the eye of European scouts amongst which Serie A club Juventus seemed the most interested.
Nonetheless, Corchia decided to stay in Le Mans and was soon rewarded of his fidelity with a first call up with the professional team in February 2009. By the end of the season he was considered a starter, starting the 10 last games of the season. At the same period, he signed his first professional contract linking him to the club for three years and also earned his first cap with the U21 side, being only aged 18.
The following season saw him blossom in the French first tier, but his efforts would prove insufficient to maintain the club in Ligue 1. Corchia then decided to stay in Le Mans and help the local club get back straight to the first division.
A level below, his qualities as a right back were obvious to everyone, he was named in the Ligue 2 team of the season but failed on securing promotion for the club, finishing the season in 4th position. Le Mans began to face serious financial problems and had to sell most of their bankable players. Corchia was part of them and signed for Sochaux, for a €2m fee during the 2011 summer.
Following an unforeseeable series of injuries in Sochaux’s ranks, Sebastien Corchia made his first appearance for the club at an unconventional left back position for the inaugural game of the season. From the left wing, he provided an assist for the opening goal by scored Marvin Martin.
In the east of France, he quickly became indispensable to the wellbeing of the club. A year and a half later, the yellow and blue shirt of Sochaux seems to be a bit tight for him. The new challenge which could be offered by Arsenal would be a tough, but not insurmountable one.