Confirmed: Valencia sign Francis Coquelin

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It has been confirmed that Francis Coquelin has joined Valencia on a long-term deal for a fee thought to be in the region of £12 million but which some reports suggested could be closer to £20m.

The 26 year old made 105 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal having joined the club’s Academy a decade ago.

He spent time on loan at Lorient in France, Freiburg in Germany and with Charlton in the Championship before establishing himself as a regular in Arsene Wenger’s first team in the second half of the 2013/14 season.

This season Coq has played just 156 minutes of Premier League football, with the manager saying he’d been a victim of the formation change.

The Frenchman has signed a contract until 2022 with a release clause of €80m.

Francis leaves Arsenal with a worse scoring record than John Jensen. But we don’t hold it against him. Arseblog News wishes him all the best in Spain where he’ll join forces with former Gunner Gabriel Paulista.

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