Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin to join Valencia Arsene Wenger confirms
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed midfielder Francis Coquelin will leave the club in the transfer window.
The Frenchman, speaking after his side drew 0-0 with Chelsea in a hard-fought London derby in the Carbao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening, revealed the 26-year-old will be heading to Spain’s La Liga.
It is understood Coquelin is to sign for Spanish side Valencia for a fee of around £12 million after turning down West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Wenger said: “He goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games.
“I let him go. The best way to replace him is getting [Aaron] Ramsey and [Mesut] Ozil back. Then we’ll see. We have players injured.”
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Coquelin, who joined Arsenal in 2008 looked to be on his way out of the club four years ago, before he was recalled to play in a 2-1 victory at West Ham in December 2014. He then went on to keep his place and star in an excellent 2-0 win at the Etihad against Manchester City a few weeks later.
Coquelin, who had spent time on loan at Charlton, reflected on that change of fortune in an interview with this correspondent in 2016 when he said: “If we had lost that game 4-0 to West Ham I would never have played for Arsenal again.
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“That, and the City game saved my Arsenal career”.
Until now it appears.