Francis Coquelin leaves Arsenal to sign for La Liga club Valencia

Francis Coquelin leaves Arsenal to sign for La Liga club Valencia

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.

Spanish topflight side Valencia have confirmed the signing of Francis Coquelin from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking about Coquelin's move, he told Sky Sports: 'I'm happy for him because he's going to go to a team that is challenging at the minute in a very hard league to win.

Coquelin spoke with Arsenal teammates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about the move with all four having nothing but positives to give.

"He is a fantastic player with lots of potential still to come, he is a joy to coach and he is a good teammate for all our players and he works very hard".

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Coquelin's departure puts him higher in the list to take up a spot in midfield and Wenger believes his stint at full-back and wing-back will go a long way in making him a better player.

The 26-year-old only signed a new deal at the Emirates 12 months ago, but has been restricted to just seven appearances in the Premier League this season, including just one start.

Cancelo feels he hasn't been getting sufficient game time which could affect his chances of playing at the World Cup and he wants to return to Spain with Los Che also wanting him back.

Wenger later added at a post-match news conference: "He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games".

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