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Arsenal's Coquelin to affix Valencia, says Wenger

Arsenal's Coquelin to affix Valencia, says Wenger”

The 26-year-old - who only signed a new contract at Arsenal a year ago - joins Valencia with the club third in La Liga, 11 points behind leaders Barcelona as they look to bring Champions League football back to the Mestalla. Neither club disclosed the transfer fee.

Coquelin joined Arsenal in 2008 and made 160 appearance for the club.

He has represented France at every youth level from under-17 to under-21.

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.

A handful of English clubs, including West Ham United, were thought to also be interested in the Frenchman.

"It's true that there was interest in the summer but in my head I wanted to continue at Arsenal and do well there".

"It wasn't to be and now this opportunity has come up".

"I'm very happy, it's a big challenge for me, I start a new life, but I'm very excited", Coquelin told Valencia's website, saying he had talked to coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.

"He added: "[Cazorla] told me it's an excellent club which I will not regret joining.

"Something clicked then, I played a lot of matches, and we won a cup and finished in the podium [top three] several times. I trust what he tells me", Coquelin explained while praising Arsenal's injured star Cazorla.



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