Coquelin joins Valencia but Cancelo return in doubt

Taylor Byrd
January 13, 2018

"Valencia have this Thursday reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Francis Coquelin", the club confirmed in a statement.

West Ham United were interested in taking the 26-year-old across London but the prospect of challenging for Champions League football enticed him to La Liga.

A new contract signed previous year means Arsenal collect a sizeable fee.

Francis Coquelin is set to complete a transfer to Valencia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced after the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

"He told me that Valencia CF is an excellent club, that I wouldn't regret coming, and that Marcelino is a great person and a great coach", Coquelin said.

"I have seen the team, they are going along very well, they are third in the table". "I spoke on the phone, we had a good contact, a good conversation, so I am very happy to be here today", Coquelin said. I think the players are doing a great job'. "I'm obviously here to help the team achieve their objectives".

Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud are on the sidelines and Wenger believes that the short-term provision to replace Coquelin would be to have some of them back in contention.

Wenger later added at a post-match news conference: "He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games".

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