Wenger confirms Coquelin’s Valencia move

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will join Valencia in the coming days.

The manager was asked about the status of the French midfielder’s proposed move to the Mestalla in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

The boss also took a moment to praise his side’s defensive discipline and the way they bounced back from Sunday’s disappointing defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Here’s what he had to say to Sky Sports.

On the performance…

We showed great togetherness and had great discipline in the team. Overall, we didn’t give too many chances away. I’m pleased with the spirit and the determination we’ve shown.

On the game going as planned…

You want first to be solid, yes. But ideally, you want to score as well. We went close a few times but overall I believe that team responded very well.

On the use of VAR, first for a decision involving Moses and Maitland-Niles…

I didn’t see the replay on television. They made their decision we have to respect it.

And the review of Welbeck’s tackle on Fabregas…

I was worried that it took too much time. I thought maybe they were not sure that it was not a penalty and they were looking at it again and again and again, so you worry a little bit.

On Wilshere’s injury…

It’s an ankle sprain from what I’ve heard. How long will he be out, will he be available on Sunday, I don’t know. It’s definitely an ankle injury.

On Arsenal holding an advantage ahead of the second leg…

I don’t know. We play at home. It’s a game we have to win to qualify. That’s ideally what we want. You know, this kind of games, we played 2-2 last week a 0-0 tonight. As much as it was open last week, tonight it was unopen, a blocked game, a locked game tactically on both sides. It’s very difficult to predict but of course we want to win the game.

On Coquelin signing for Valencia…

Yes [that’s true].

On signing players…

At the moment we have five big injuries. Hopefully, we’ll get some [players] back. I believe the earliest to come back will be Ramsey and that’s quite welcome because it’s an area [midfield] where we’re short. If we didn’t lose Jack tonight and have Ramsey back and Ozil back maybe on Sunday then we have the numbers. But at the moment we look a bit short.

On being in the press box for the evening…

They [the journalists] were quiet. Overall, it’s a good position. I think you [the media] are well treated in the stadiums, you have a good position.

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