Arsenal's Arsene Wenger says Coquelin will join Valencia

Sheri Evans
January 13, 2018

Coquelin, a two-time FA Cup victor at Arsenal has started only one Premier League game this season having fallen out of favour at the club since signing a new long-term contract last January.

Coquelin becomes the club's second signing of the January transfer window, and he said that speaking with now former Arsenal teammate Santi Cazorla played a role in his decision to transfer to the Spanish side.

Valencia have completed the signing of French midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal.

LaLiga side would prefer a loan agreement with a purchase option, though it is now understood that it is likely to be an immediate permanent transfer with Coquelin agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal.

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Coquelin's departure puts him higher in the list to take up a spot in midfield and Wenger believes his stint at full-back and wing-back will go a long way in making him a better player.

The move brings Coquelin's 10-year association with Arsenal to an end having been limited to just seven starts in all competitions this season. "I spoke on the phone, we had a good contact, a good conversation, so I am very happy to be here today", Coquelin said.

"Yes. He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games", Wenger told reporters after Wednesday's draw with Chelsea.

Coquelin spent nearly a decade at Arsenal after joining the Gunners in 2008 from French side Stade Lavallois.

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