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Confirmed: Valencia Sign Francis Coquelin

13 January 2018, 01:01 | Susie Olson

Coquelin joins Valencia, Wenger confirms

Francis Coquelin of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League group H match between 1. FC Koeln and Arsenal FC at RheinEnergieStadion

The Frenchman has signed a four and a half year deal at the Mestalla with an 80 million euros buyout clause inserted in his contract.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has officially sealed his exit from the club after nearly a decade in north London by joining Valencia in La Liga.

Coquelin spoke to former Arsenal team-mates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about the move.

'It's a big challenge, and a new start in my life for me, which I'm very excited about'.

The Spanish club agreed personal terms with Coquelin yesterday and moved onto agree on a £10.5m fee with Arsenal.

He added: 'I've seen the team, they are doing very well, third in the table.

Arriving in the summer of 2008 from Stade Laval in France, Coquelin came through the ranks at Arsenal, making his debut in a League Cup tie with Sheffield United in September that year.

"Yes. He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games", Wenger told reporters after Wednesday's draw with Chelsea.

The 20-year-old has largely been used as a left-back by Wenger this season due to injuries but he thinks this will stand him in good stead in a defensive midfield role. He couldn't play [for Arsenal] for some reason He went from, I remember my first game was at Man City and I called him the police officer or something like that because he was shielding everything.

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