Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Arsene Wenger Confirms Francis Coquelin Will Be Joining Valencia

Francis Coquelin of Arsneal and Yuya Osako of FC Koeln in action during the UEFA Europa League group H match between 1. FC Koeln and Arsenal FC at RheinEnergieStadion Arsenal Complete £10m Sale of Francis Coquelin to Valencia
Elias Hubbard | 13 January, 2018, 01:02

After an initial misunderstanding, Arsenal have been made aware that Valencia are expecting to be paid to remove Francis Coquelin from the Emirates Stadium.

The 26-year-old Frenchman was also reported to have attracted interest from West Ham and Crystal Palace as Jack Wilshere's return to prominence with Arsenal blocked Coquelin's chances of a recall.

Coquelin spoke with Arsenal teammates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about the move with all four having nothing but positives to give.

"I am very happy, it is a big challenge, it is the start of a new life for me, therefore I am very excited about it", Coquelin said in a statement.

He added: 'I've seen the team, they are doing very well, third in the table.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has reacted after the Gunners agreed to sell their star midfielder to Valencia, praising the club.

The first player to officially leave Arsenal this January transfer window is not Alexis Sanchez, but Francis Coquelin.

"He is a fantastic player with lots of potential still to come, he is a joy to coach and he is a good teammate for all our players and he works very hard".

He said: "I would sign him and I want him here permanently, but that's not my job".

"He goes to Valencia", Wenger told Sky Sports News.

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

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