Francis Coquelin's Valencia move confirmed by Arsene Wenger

Posted January 13, 2018

Either way the Arsenal boss has obviously decided to make do without the 26 year old Frenchman who was once the answer to all of their defensive midfield problems.

Coquelin signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Valencia after transferring from Arsenal Thursday.

Thierry Henry looked absolutely stunned when informed of the news that Francis Coquelin is on the verge of completing a big-money move from Arsenal to Valencia.

Coquelin joined from French side Stade Lavallois in 2008 and went on to make 159 appearances for Arsenal. "I spoke on the phone, we had a good contact, a good conversation, so I am very happy to be here today", Coquelin said.

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

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The Spanish club agreed a £12 million fee for the holding midfielder, who started only one Premier League game this season, at centre back away to Manchester City.

"What he is doing at the moment will help him develop as a player because he plays in a different position but at some stage I will play him in at defensive midfield".

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had earlier confirmed that Coquelin will leave the Emirates stadium, after Arsenal's Carabao Cup draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.

Coquelin has spent a decade in north London having made 160 appearances for the Gunners as well as having spells out on loan at Freiburg, Lorient and Charlton Athletic.