Arsenal's Francis Coquelin 'agrees £10.5m move to Valencia'

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin 'agrees £10.5m move to Valencia'

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin 'agrees £10.5m move to Valencia'

Francis Coquelin has insisted that he is happy at the career he had at Arsenal and admits that he has not left the Gunners with any regret.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin reportedly agrees a £10.5m move to Valencia.

The French midfielder joined Arsenal in 2008 and came through the system to become a regular for the Gunners, making over 20 appearances in the league in three consecutive seasons.

The Frenchman made 160 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions, but a change in formation and the arrival of Granit Xhaka last summer increased competition for places.

Coquelin won two FA Cups with the club - appearing in the 2015 and 2017 finals - but the re-emergence of Jack Wilshere as well as competition from Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny has forced Coquelin to seek a move overseas.

On completing his move, he said: "It's true that there was interest in the summer but in my head I wanted to continue at Arsenal and do well there".

"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.

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

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