Report: Coquelin on Valencia radar?

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Wenger on midfield balance without Cazorla

According to Spanish publication AS, Francis Coquelin is being tracked by Valencia who are reportedly looking to strengthen their defensive midfield options this summer.

Honestly, we can’t see it.

While Le Coq may not be the most glamorous of Arsenal’s midfielders, he still represents the only member of the squad who can legitimately claim ‘enforcer’ status and the most adept at shielding the defence in 4-3-3 formation.

Since resurrecting his career at the Emirates, he’s earned repeated praise from Arsene Wenger for his ability to distribute the ball quickly after making tackles and interceptions and for his day-to-day professionalism.

There’s also the fact that the contract extension he signed in January keeps him at the club until 2021 on wages that would probably make Valencia – who always seem to have an empty wallet – blush.

None of the above really adds up to the Gunners cashing in on Coquelin, especially when you consider Santi Cazorla’s fitness problems and the awkward contract situations of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil.

AS also claim Valencia are keeping tabs on Malaga’s Ignacio Camacho. It sounds like he might be a more suitable target.

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