Arsenal midfielder Coquelin will join Valencia

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

"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.

Midfielder Francis Coquelin has hinted that me may have made an error in not leaving Arsenal in the summer instead of fighting for a spot in the team.

The Frenchman has been at Arsenal since joining from Stade Lavallois as a 17-year-old in July 2008 following a successful trial.

Coquelin joins a team that is having a stunning season, Valencia finding themselves in third place in La Liga, having drawn with both Real Madrid and Barcelona so far. Apart from the Swiss midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and recently, youth-team product Joe Willock has also started in midfield ahead of Coquelin.

On completing his move, he said: "It's true that there was interest in the summer but in my head I wanted to continue at Arsenal and do well there".

"I nearly regret not having come before. I am really grateful for that and I wish him all the very best". "It's a big challenge, and a new start in my life for me, which I'm very excited about".

The strong tackler told L'Equipe that "I am at an important stage in my career". I trust what he tells me.

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