Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Spanish side CF Valencia, as it is confirmed by the Spanish club itself through social media.
Coquelin is joining Spanish club Valencia
Spanish club Valencia were linked with a move for the Arsenal man and they have also given a massive hint about their coup of the French midfielder. They took to their official twitter account and posted a picture of suitcase that writes FC in it, which is also the initials of the 26 year old midfielder.
— Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) January 10, 2018
It is quite evident that the club have announced the signing of Francis Coquelin, which happens to be a deal around £12 million.
Coquelin had his breakthrough season a couple of years ago and he along with Santi Cazorla had built a formidable midfield for the Gunners. But Cazorla’s long term injury has seen the negative spiral for the former Lorient player and in this season he has only been a peripheral character, with the recent emergence of Jack Wilshere. As well as Wilshere, Arsenal have Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny ahead of Coquelin as midfield options. Coquelin also signed a new deal at Arsenal until 2020 but his recent downfall in the pecking order is enough to seek pastures new.
His breakthrough season at Arsenal was 2014-15 season
Coquelin joined Arsenal in 2008 and his decade long stay has seen him win 3 FA Cups, along with 159 appearances in all competitions. He was also wanted by West Ham and Crystal Palace but the midfielder himself wanted a move to Spain, and Mestalla is his next destination.
Known as a central defensive midfielder, Coquelin is very physical and renowned for his tackles and winning the ball in front of the defense. His style of play suits the La Liga and a move to Valencia may well be the best for both parties.
Arsenal made business with Valencia in the summer also as they sold defender Gabriel for a fee around £10 million.