Arsenal's Francis Coquelin 'agrees £10.5m move to Valencia'

Francis Coquelin

"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.

Joining the Arsenal academy as a teenager in 2008, Coquelin progressed through the ranks and ended up making 160 senior appearances for the north London club.

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.

Los Che now reside third in the league, two points off of Atletico Madrid, and are through to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after bypassing Las Palmas.

Francis Coquelin has agreed to join LaLiga side Valencia on a four-and-a-half-year contract following a decade with Arsenal, the Spanish club announced on Thursday.

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"I spoke on the phone, we had a good contact, a good conversation, so I am very happy to be here today", Coquelin said.

"Something clicked then, I played a lot of matches, and we won a cup and finished in the podium [top three] several times. Obviously, I am here to help the team and to help them hit their targets".

Coquelin won two FA Cups with the club - appearing in the 2015 and 2017 finals - but the re-emergence of Jack Wilshere as well as competition from Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny has forced Coquelin to seek a move overseas.

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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