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Arsenal's Francis Coquelin to join Valencia, says Wenger

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 13 January, 2018, 00:59

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.

Francis Coquelin is excited by the new challenge that awaits him at Valencia - but admits it is one he probably should have taken up six months ago.

Arsene Wenger confirms Francis Coquelin will move to Valencia and also reveals how he plans to replace the midfielder.

"I am very happy, it is a big challenge, it is the start of a new life for me, therefore I am very excited about it", Coquelin said in a statement.

Coquelin spoke to former Arsenal team-mates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about the move.

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Coquelin had been linked to the La Liga side before the January transfer window opened after making only one Premier League appearance for Arsenal this season. He couldn't play [for Arsenal] for some reason He went from, I remember my first game was at Man City and I called him the police officer or something like that because he was shielding everything. They were very good.

'I think I was looking at it on TV yesterday, and they were saying who Arsenal can sign.

Speaking after the goalless draw at Chelsea on Wednesday night, Wenger said: "He goes to Valencia".

The midfielder made his debut for Arsenal in 2008 having signed from French club Stade Lavallois that summer.

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