Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Francis Coquelin completes move to LaLiga side Valencia

Francis Coquelin completes move to LaLiga side Valencia

So it is farewell to Francis Coquelin, who has been at Arsenal for nine years since being found by Gilles Grimandi as a 17 year-old in a small town in the west of France.

The newly presented Valencia midfielder admitted that he is very excited about the new challenge ahead and revealed that he should have probably left Arsenal sooner rather than wasting the first six months of the season in the hope of fighting for a place in the starting XI under Wenger. I understand the frustration when the results are not going well.

"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. I respect Cazorla's opinion a lot, so when he told me this, he convinced me.

"I have chosen a club with a great past, and with a family atmosphere". Winning the FA Cup [in 2015] was special. I nearly regret not having come before. He didn't get enough games with us this season. A year later we finished second, but we should have done more, we should have been at the end for the title, but to come back and do what I did was a special moment.

"I can not be disappointed by that". "He had an opportunity and I let him go". "I trust what he tells me", Coquelin explained while praising Arsenal's injured star Cazorla.

"We are open, we are in the market, we are active, but I don't want to give you news I can't confirm after".

"I'm very happy, it's a big challenge for me, I start a new life, but I'm very excited", Coquelin told Valencia's website, saying he had talked to coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.

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