Coquelin leaves Arsenal after 10 years to join Valencia

Arsenal will listen to offers for Francis Coquelin with West Ham United interested in the French midfielder

Valencia have announced that they have reached an agreement to sign Francis Coquelin from Arsenal, with the value of the deal reportedly worth £12 million.

Francis Coquelin is excited by the new challenge that awaits him at Valencia - but admits it is one he probably should have taken up six months ago.

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.

The former France Under-21 worldwide, who has yet to make a senior appearance for his country, says he spoke to several of his Arsenal colleagues - including Spain global Santi Cazorla - before committing to a move to LaLiga. "It's a great challenge, the start of a new life for me, and I'm very excited about it".

Arsenal will listen to offers for Francis Coquelin with West Ham United interested in the French midfielder

"I have seen the team, they are going along very well, they are 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. "I spoke on the phone, we had a good contact, a good conversation, so I am very happy to be here today", Coquelin said.

"What he is doing at the moment will help him develop as a player because he plays in a different position but at some stage I will play him in at defensive midfield".

Asked by Sky Sports after Arsenal drew 0-0 at Chelsea if Coquelin was about to leave Arsenal, Wenger replied: "Yes".

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