Aug 24

Arsenal Transfer Analysis: Marvin Martin

Marvin Martin, 23, Sochaux, Attacking Midfielder

Marvin Martin was born in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, of the 20 administrative districts – similar to the London boroughs. The ‘14th’ is about 5.5 square kilometres and contains the famous Le Santé Prison.

Martin was particularly small for his age as a young boy and grew up a supporter of Paris St Germain, unsurprisingly. As a 10 year old in 1998 he absorbed the carnival atmosphere and national coming together that hosting and winning the World Cup brought. Watching Didier Deschamps lift the famous Jules Rimet trophy, he described it as ‘the moment I wanted to become a footballer.’ Despite his dedication, the Clairefontaine academy rejected him due to his lack of height.

This article does not seek to provide an exhaustive biography of his road to becoming a full French international that Arsène Wenger considers to have the skills and resources to replace Samir Nasri, rather it merely provides the details to illustrate how hard Martin would have had to work to convince scouts and coaches he had the necessary resources to succeed. Eventually Christian Puxel, the man who discovered him said that despite the fact he was a ‘shrimp’ in stature, he had ‘game intelligence and anticipation of teammates’ movements.’

Currently, Martin has 111 games to his name at Sochaux with 10 goals and 24 assists. He has a contract until 2014 and wears the 14 shirt in homage to the arrondissement he grew up in. He is an attacking midfielder who plays out wide with the freedom to drift inside, similar to Samir Nasri. It is understood that contrary to initial views that Mata has long been Wenger’s first choice to replace Nasri – his first choice was Martin, who he believes to be a more cost effective signing.

He has excellent passing skills over long and short distances, hitting the ball with exceptional technique. He has the understanding of defenders movements to collect the ball in pockets of space and move quickly to hurt oppositions with a pass or a shot. He made a superb 15 minute debut appearance against Ukraine whereby he scored 2 and made 1. Overnight, his profile shifted completely to a name that is known across Europe as one of the top emerging playmakers. He left the Donbass Arena to be hailed predictably as the new Zidane. The iconic Zidane also scored twice on his international debut.

Ultimately, Martin is an extremely intelligent player with a big future. His being a target for Arsenal tells me that Wenger is not prepared to give up his project to turn Arsenal into a Diet-Barcelona. Unfortunately, the project basing our game on small technical players is unsustainable in a division as competitive and hungry as England’s. Arsenal forged a terrific fast-paced, entertaining format of play based on creative smaller players and it has not succeeded. Can Arsenal – within their budget – replace such talented playmakers as Fàbregas and Nasri with like for like players whilst still expecting to progress? Fàbregas has been a prodigy at Arsenal, but the current style is easy to play against.

Marvin Martin and our other diminutive playmakers, in spite of good workrate and effort, are going to need more ‘away-game players’ in their side to resist the vicious thuggery of our division to avoid being bullied. They need colleagues that can play in cold, rainy evenings and stand nose to nose with the giants at Stoke or Blackburn. They are going to need players who can handle holding the ball when the tackles are coming in too fast and dangerous. Van Persie is too lean and brittle a forward to be a target man to relieve this pressure, and Walcott too unreliable in possession due to a lack of maturity and concentration.

The signing would not unbalance the midfield provided a taller hard man in the vein of Yann M’Vila stood shoulder to shoulder with Alex Song in defensive midfield, allowing Wilshere to occupy the space left by Cesc. Knowing we had a stable and strong enough spine to support the team against an aerial bombardment or a brutal tackling display from the likes of a Lee Cattermole-lead Sunderland, I feel Arsenal would have the requisite variety to dominate league matches. For all his popularity, Frimpong is too raw for the job full time alongside Song (yet). For all his ball retention ability, Diaby is too injury prone and disappointing in big games.

Martin has Wenger-signing written all over him, and I agree he would be a good signing. However, I just have concerns that given the small stature of Martin and numerous other Arsenal players, the balance of the team would be continue to be ill-equipped to deal with the rigours of the Premier League which emphasizes games based on strength and power. The familiar technical style needs reworking to restore success at the Emirates.

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28 Responses to “Arsenal Transfer Analysis: Marvin Martin”

  1. athlon29 says:

    Brilliant article, i’d love to see him at us

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  2. mARIO says:

    Whats the latest on Marvin Martin?? Are we going in for him?.Defo should looks absolute quality.Will fit in well.Cheers

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  3. GJMorgs says:

    Excellent read, good detail on a player many won’t know much about. I believe he would do a job for us, but agree that a solid ‘away game’ player is also needed.

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  4. abbas says:

    even if i agree with almost everything u said, i find it difficult to get the real answers.if we were unsuccessful with nasri and cesc and we were,then you need to explain more about how to shift the squad into a new formation/style.
    true that frimpong is raw and diaby is injury prone but provided we have m’vila with song and wilshere and rvp is undropable,i too for instance find it difficult to get the right balance taking into consideration that our style”diet barca u called”being unsucsseful as it is makes us regarded as one of the best playing teams in England at least.
    in recent games we needed a player like martin as a creator,inventor more than anything else and rvp would be the most benefited player.

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  5. ICE77 says:

    Spot on!!

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  6. Matt says:

    I would like this signing. The fact is we are now aiming for champions league qualification. sad but true. With the squad that we have, our aim has to be to rebuild and to still gain ucl at the end of the season. It seems that until this more pressing issue is addressed, we cant work on our main faults of lack of physicality. And therefore I think we definitely need players that will replace the massive amount of creative flair that has been lost. Hope we get him!!!

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  7. Gooner@malaysia says:

    Bring him in if he fits the boots..

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  8. ICE77 says:

    In a 4-2-3-1 formation! Song and M`villa as the 2 holding, jack in the hole,gerv and arsh on the flanks and persie lone striker.. sub: tomas-jack,walcot-gerv and ryo/alex-arshavin..Frimpong for song,ramsey for M villa

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  9. Wenger buy marvin,hazard,m‘vila,samba,cahill,osaze and zarate.sir kbo2 m.shinkafa,bauchi-nigeria.

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  10. Scott says:

    Great,positive article that gives us something think about,not whinge about.
    Well done.

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  11. Kharadonha says:

    Surely, Wenger is not stupid and he has proven that over the past few seasons. going for Hazard who will cost us 26mil will make no sense taking his age into account. why would he buy a youngster for such an amount when we can produce or have already had players who can play better than him in the likes of Miyachi and AOX not forgetting Afobe. We’ve seen Sir Alex throwing the youngsters and the Man U fans liked it, why when we throw our own then Wenger is questioned. I like the idea of Martin Marvin, he’s brilliant and he can bring the best out of our players and young players who are coming thru.

    Let’s be realistic we know and Wenger knows the reasons we are not winning the titles and trophies is the lack of defensive players at the back. we had the likes of Clichy whom I think is the reason we haven’t won a trophy in the last couple of seasons and Cesc who doesn’t live up to the expectations not to mention Nasri who went missing in the second leg of the league. Now that we have players comitted to bring back success to Arsenal it is time we take care of them as we know that money is the issue. the Board should realise that while they are getting paid big salaries just for sitting in the office players need to be given their share as well as they bring supporters to the game and hopefully trophies to this lovely team.

    Forget Hazard and encourage our own youngsters who we have been praising for their talents in the reserve league. Let them graduate and be shown love by the Arsenal family that way we will be unstopable. you can call all the names that are available in this world to describe my ignorance but the fact is those players need our faith if they are to be successful in this team.

    I thank you

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  12. ICE77 says:

    Iwant to thank all u gooners for some amazing years!! I have been commited to this club for over 18 years now and it time for me to move on!Arsenal will allways be in my mind…I will be supporting Man city from now on.Good luck!!

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  13. peter egere aka de pasenal says:

    with due respect, arsenal need astriker, in case r.v.p get insured we also need a left full back, a midfielder, and one defender. All eyes and attention should be focus on the intalian job, pls with the name of God i beg u all for atleast we should use five minutes to pray for our team today, because the out come of the match will go a long way. Thanks for ur co-operation is highly needed. Gunners for ever. Keep de faith.

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  14. craig says:

    You’re right. those little guys lack bottle. Wilshere never had the heart to go head to head with the big boys… (Zigic?). And height = toughness, right? Diaby and Bendtner have been two of our biggest players, and aren’t they renowned for coping with the physical side of the game and loving to dig in and battle?

    Obviously as well, a Frenchman would be useless on a cold night. They just don’t have the heart for it. Or was it short guys who can’t play in the cold?

    Are you serious? Really?

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  15. Nda Suleiman says:

    Arsenè Wenger buy this guy (MARTIN Marvin) and Ahmed Musa (NIG.) of V.V.Venlo, dis players r gud 4 Arsenal. Splash d cash on gud and quality players. Wenger stop sleeping!

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  16. ArsenalForever2004 says:

    Transfer list (assuming qualification for Champions League):
    Cahill – £15-17m
    Baines – £12-14m
    M’Vila – £15-20m
    Hazard (replacement for Nasri but actually likes regularly running at people) – £25-26m
    Martin (replacement for Fabregas, can also play in a similar style to Nasri but more penetrative passing-wise) – £10-12m
    Zarate (or move Walcott to striker position as backup due to Hazard being winger replacement) – £10-15m

    If he gets all of these looking at maximum prices then it should cost around £104m but if I was Wenger, I would just use Walcott as striker backup since I cannot see Wenger spending this much or getting these many players at once. Therefore, an outlay of £89m covered by £35m available at the start of the summer; £25m generated by a residential deal; the combined £60m+ received from sales of Eboue, Clichy, Fabregas and Nasri (more could come if Almunia, Squillaci and Bendtner are sold as they are not part of Wenger’s plans); and the £25-40m expected from Champions League qualification. Looking at the minimum possible income, that is £145m with at least £50m left for the club’s operating costs and wage payment.

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  17. ArsenalForever2004 says:

    I would get the first three definitely for defensive stability and I cannot see why Wenger cannot get 2 out of Hazard, Martin and Zarate afterwards. Wenger should play 2 DMs in a 4-2-3-1 formation away in Europe and for stronger teams in the Premier League, whilst, allowing one of the DMs more attacking freedom or playing Wilshere as a deep lying playmaker at the expense of 1 DM at home in Europe and against the weaker teams in the Premier League (I would play 4-4-2 against weaker teams but will Wenger do that?).

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  18. Rasenal says:

    Let us pray tônight for our darling club, i want all of you to forget about our targets but focus should be on tonight game. Udenise0 Guna2 that is the scoreline tonigt. Guna til i die.

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  19. gunner says:

    ArsenalForever2004: sorry,but Baines 12-14m ? :-D scifi
    Cahill? my is is: Wenger waits for the end( 28-31.9) and send offer 10-12m for cahill… bolton is under pressure sales :-) he has a contract last season

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  20. Eddy says:

    this is an excellent article and after reading it I am excited about the possibility of Arsene bringing him in, I think the team structure was right, just needed to develop more. unfortunately since Fabregas and now Nasri have left, he will need to start again

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  21. Wizard says:

    No more frogs , thank you

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  22. mawa says:

    I would like to see him signed sooner than later

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  23. GunnerMacedonia says:

    zarate would NOT be welcomed in our team. he is too selfish, never passes, + he is too smalla nd i doubt he will prove himself in such a strong league as the pl.
    this guy martin, i havent seen him play(except for the goal against ukraine) but i reckon any midfielder with a bit of talent for creating chances would be welcomed now. we have a lack of players, so if wenger cant get a sneijder, van der vaart, modric, i would be satisfied if he gets martin, hazard, or some dude from french league 2.
    for the stoke/blackburn games, imo we need samba. he may not be technicaly good, but stoke does not play that type of football, so samba would be perfect. the other 2( cahill and jagielka) i think will struggle against these teams. wenger does the busimess, and even if we finish 8th, i would still back him, cos without him we would be 18th!!!

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  24. wenger you are great man,but this year you do small things,which is the reason why are we disappointed

    Transfer list (assuming qualification for Champions League):
    Cahill – £15-17m
    Baines – £12-14m
    M’Vila – £15-20m
    Hazard (replacement for Nasri but actually likes regularly running at people) – £25-26m
    Martin (replacement for Fabregas, can also play in a similar style to Nasri but more penetrative passing-wise) – £10-12m
    Zarate (or move Walcott to striker position as backup due to Hazard being winger replacement) – £10-15m

    but if you do something of this it will be good for the club and wor all us.

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  25. son says:

    yea,mr wenger you have to bring martin to emirates,definitely brilliant midfielder,and i think hazard will come too as arsenal play for CL after beating udinese.i would prefer hulk than zarate for striker addition

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  26. ché says:

    In my opinion 4 players are needed : A centre defender such as jagielka, or Samba, a left back : there many on market who are very good, a creative midfielder such as Marvin Martin, Eden Harzard or arteta, a striker I mean a poacher someone who can use anything to score I don’t mind event if he uses his hands nose whatever we need goals when it does matter. And I believe we can compete with any team and beating Mancity and for me is priority No 1 because of their disrespectful attitude. Common Gunners U are bigger than players, wenger, fans, and the board combined no one should bullshit with u : peace and love

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  27. GunnerMacedonia says:

    eden hazard will not come, lille are not stupid, they play cl football and they cant afford to let 2 of their best players leave the club( + they let cabaye to newcastle). you can forget about him, unless wenger is eager to spend 50 mills on one player

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  28. Opeyemi Thani says:

    Arsenal needs to make great signing to be able to move ahead.I hate rumors let’s arsen make it real.

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