Arsenal fans are probably tired of hearing Marvin Martin's name by now. Since scoring two goals and assisting another on his debut with the French national team, it seems Martin has been endlessly linked with a move to Arsenal.
A move for Marvin Martin makes a great deal of sense. The Sochaux midfielder is young (only 23 years old) and French, two big attributes Arsene Wenger clearly values very highly.
Most importantly however, Martin is a spectacular playmaker. Last year, he helped Sochaux, a historically mediocre Ligue 1 team, to a very impressive fifth place finish by recording an impressive three goals and 17 assists in 37 league games.
Martin could conceivably play as a second striker or attacking midfielder in front of the midfield behind Robin van Persie, feeding him with quality scoring opportunities through the game.
There are a few drawbacks to recruiting Marvin Martin as a partner for Robin van Persie however.
Martin is a playmaker first and foremost, and Arsenal already have their playmaker of the future in Aaron Ramsey. Playing both of them together could lead to both players taking away from each others' game.
Additionally, Martin is not a regular goalscorer by any means. In 121 games with Sochaux, Martin has scored only 10 goals. Though there isn't too much wrong with putting the scoring burden on Robin van Persie, it would probably be ideal for Arsenal to have a partner to RVP who is capable of scoring as well, to take a bit of the pressure off the Dutchman.
Strangely, Martin has come out recently and announced that he is interested in furthering his career in Spain if he decides to leave France.
This announcement is particularly peculiar as Barcelona and Real Madrid have neither need nor snown interest in the player, while Arsenal have at least been monitoring his situation for some time now.
It's unlikely Martin will be linking up with RVP based on all of the roadblocks and drawbacks mentioned above, but a move is still possible if Arsenal does decide to step up its interest in the player.
It should be noted however the player has dealt an even bigger blow to a possible move to Arsenal by insisting that he will not leave Sochaux for any club in January.