Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has agreed to a four-and-a-half-year deal with Valencia, that will run until June 30th, 2022 with a buy-out clause of 80 million euros, having grown frustrated with his lack of games time at the Emirates.
💬 Coquelin: "Estoy muy feliz, el @valenciacf es un gran reto para mí" 💪😁
— Valencia CF (@valenciacf) January 11, 2018
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday that a deal was likely to be concluded, with Coquelin having grown frustrated by his lack of game time.
“He goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games,” Wenger said following his side’s 0-0 EFL Cup semi-final draw with Chelsea.
“I let him go.”
Francis was born on May 13th, 1991 in Laval, France. He came up through Stade Lavallois Mayenne FC’s academy and at 16 years of age, he received a phone call from Arsenal. Once he had signed for the Premier League outfit, Coquelin had three loan spells at FC Lorient, SC Freiburg, and Charlton Athletic respectively.
Francis made 160 first-team appearances at Arsenal, getting the chance to show himself to be a strong, tenacious and energetic midfielder. He has a reputation for his tough tackling, which will help to shore up Valencia CF’s midfield line.
Coquelin is also a two-time FA Cup champion. His first came in 2015 against Aston Villa, before lifting the same trophy in 2017 after beating Chelsea FC. He has played for France at different youth levels, featuring for both their Under-17s and Under-21s.
Coquelin said: “This summer there was an interest, but I only had to play for Arsenal and doing things well in my mind. Now that Valencia remained interested in me, I regret not coming sooner.
Santi Cazorla told me that Valencia is an excellent club, that I wouldn’t regret coming, and that Marcelino is a great person and a great coach. I respect and trust Cazorla’s word a lot, and it was a plus point for me deciding to sign for Valencia.”
his departure is another sign Jack Wilshere is set to stay at the Emirates. The midfielder, who has won back his place in Wenger’s XI, has been in talks over another contract agreement to replace the one that will lapse toward the finish of the season. He has constantly influenced it to plain his need is to stay at his childhood club.