Arsene Wenger confirms Francis Coquelin will move to Valencia and also reveals how he plans to replace the midfielder.

Valencia have completed the signing of French midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal.

The La Liga club confirmed the move for the 26-year-old on their official website, with a fee in the region of £12m thought to have been agreed.

Coquelin arrived at Valencia in the early hours of Thursday on a private plane and underwent a medical in the morning before putting pen to paper on a contract that is to run until June 2022.

A statement read: “Valencia CF have agreed a deal this Thursday with Arsenal regarding the transfer of Francis Coquelin, who will wear the black and white colours of the club during a deal that will run until June 30th 2022, with a buy-out clause of €80 million.

“The player will be presented to the media at 17:15CET, at the club’s Media Center at Paterna.”

Coquelin joined Arsenal’s academy at 17 in 2008 and made 105 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

He signed a new deal at Arsenal a year ago but Arsene Wenger confirmed on Wednesday evening that the player was leaving in search of first-team football.

He started four of Arsenal’s Europa League games this season but has made just seven Premier League appearances and only one as a starter.

Coquelin completed his first training session as a Valencia player on Thursday and could make his debut in Saturday’s game at Deportivo La Coruna.

He is Valencia’s second reinforcement in the winter transfer window following the arrival of Argentina striker Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Valencia, coached by Marcelino, are third in La Liga, 11 points adrift of league leaders Barcelona.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.


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