Francis Coquelin joins Valencia from Arsenal

Francis Coquelin joins Valencia from Arsenal

The 26-year-old spent three seasons on loan following his promotion to the senior team before establishing himself under Wenger midway through the 2014/15 campaign.

The Gunners recently sold Francis Coquelin to Valencia, while Alexis Sanchez could leave the club this month.

Ultimately, the decision didn't work out, as the midfielder made just one start in the Premier League and racked up just 155 minutes of action in the top flight.

I would say that Arsenal raised me as a player, but also raised me as a man.

"It wasn't to be and now this opportunity has come up". But obviously I am moving on to a new challenge, a new club and my first impressions are very good so I am expecting another really good time.

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The former France Under-21 worldwide, who has yet to make a senior appearance for his country, says he spoke to several of his Arsenal colleagues - including Spain global Santi Cazorla - before committing to a move to LaLiga.

'I nearly regret not having come before. "I am really grateful for that and I wish him all the very best".

"He (Cazorla) told me it's an excellent club which I will not regret joining". To play someone who comes from such a small club and give his trust as he did, I will always respect him as someone really important in my career.

Valencia travel to Deportivo La Coruna in LaLiga on Saturday, with Coquelin saying: 'Of course I'm ready to play, I'm here to help the team'. He played 160 matches for Arsenal.

"I have chosen a club with a great past, and with a family atmosphere".

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