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Arsenal And Newcastle United Battle To Sign Ligue 1 Midfielder

by Christian Bailey


Dijon star wanted at St James’ Park.

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Newcastle United and Arsenal are thought to be contemplating the signing of Dijon star Benjamin Corgnet, who is 24 years-old.

The attacking midfielder has had a meteoric rise to top level football, having been playing in the fifth tier of French football as recently as the summer of 2010 – essentially the second division of amateur football.

Still, Dijon saw something in him, and signed him back then – an investment which looks particularly sound today.

Corgnet has adapted excellently to Ligue 1 football, with the giant leap in quality proving a small step for him (if you will pardon the dreadful paraphrasing of Neil Armstrong).

He has scored an impressive eight goals this season, and has surprised many Ligue 1 pundits with his excellent work rate, defensive contribution, dribbling and shooting.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has proven he is willing to take punts on players who have plied their trade in lower divisions, with centre back Laurent Koscielny another who has made his way up the ranks and now one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Similarly, Newcastle United have looked to France for signings with much success in recent months, with Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux amongst those recently captured from Ligue 1.

Will Corgnet be the next to make the journey from France to England?

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