Coquelin leaves Arsenal for Valencia

Francis Coquelin of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League group H match between 1. FC Koeln and Arsenal FC at RheinEnergieStadion

"Valencia have reached an agreement with Arsenal Football Club on Thursday for the transfer of Francis Coquelin, who becomes a new black and white player until June 30, 2022", the club said in a statement.

The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Mestalla, including an €80million release clause.

Valencia "confirmed" the arrival of Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin in a tweet earlier today. "It's a great challenge, the start of a new life for me, and I'm very excited about it".

Coquelin spoke to former Arsenal team-mates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about the move.

Coquelin found playing time hard to come by this season for Arsenal, making six substitute appearances and just one start.




"We had an opportunity and I let him go".

He added at the post-match press conference: "He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games".

"I believe that the players are doing a great job".

On Arsenal's January window dealings, which could see Alexis Sanchez leave, he continued: 'Yes [it could be tricky] in a way, because we've been waiting for those guys to come and make sure they can help this team play better.

The 20-year-old has largely been used as a left-back by Wenger this season due to injuries but he thinks this will stand him in good stead in a defensive midfield role.

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