Emotional: Arsenal midfielder leaves a heartfelt message to the fans after his departure

Coquelin joined Arsenal in 2009.


Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin left the Gunners for La Liga side Valencia last week.

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Coquelin ended his 9 years stint with Arsenal, with whom he has won 2 FA Cups and a couple of Community Shield, was a fan favorite for the passion he showed on the pitch. Though the midfielder left the Gunners, he wanted to bid adieu the Arsenal faithfuls through a message.

We can read the transcript of Coquelin’s message below-

on his message to the fans:
I just want to thank them because I was at the club for a very long time. I always showed passion for the club and they all saw that in me, so I want to thank them for their support.


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on how much it meant to have the fans’ backing:

I understand what they feel – their love for the club, I understand that. I was at Arsenal for nine years and it was like a second family to me. I understand the frustration when the results are not going well. We had an honest relationship and the fans have always been amazing towards me. It’s been great.
on what Arsenal means to him:
Coquelin said that as he came at a very tender age at the Arsenal, he believes he is one of their own. He said that he will never forget the nine years he spent at the club and is grateful forever. The French midfielder was also thankful to Arsene Wenger and said that he owes a lot to him. Coquelin added that he respects Wenger and Wenger is one of the men who made him what he is at present.
on who he will miss:

All my team-mates, from top to bottom, the players and the staff have been amazing. I respect a lot what Arsenal is all about and what it represents. I will miss everyone obviously, but I’m also looking forward to what happens where I am now.

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on whether he will keep an eye on Arsenal results:
I will obviously still follow the club and I am at a big club now, Valencia is a big club and the expectation is here as well, but after nine years you cannot forget about your club and Arsenal is always going to be in my heart, I will always follow them.