Coquelin completes Valencia move from Arsenal

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

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

You would not say that Francis Coquelin is someone Arsenal are going to miss going forward.

Valencia announce that they have completed the signing of Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin for a fee reportedly in the region of £12m.

The Liga giants have swooped and have handed Coquelin a four-and-a-half year deal amid interest from West Ham and Crystal Palace for the 26-year-old midfielder.

"He told me that Valencia CF is an excellent club, that I wouldn't regret coming, and that Marcelino is a great person and a great coach", Coquelin said.

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The former France Under-21 worldwide, who has yet to make a senior appearance for his country, says he spoke to several of his Arsenal colleagues - including Spain global Santi Cazorla - before committing to a move to LaLiga. I have watched their recent games, since I knew that the negotiations between the two clubs were picking up, such as the Copa del Rey game versus Las Palmas.

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

'I think I was looking at it on TV yesterday, and they were saying who Arsenal can sign.

Loan spells at Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton followed before Coquelin broke into the Arsenal first team on a regular basis in the 2014-15 season.

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