Wenger: Coquelin has joined Valencia


Francis Coquelin has left Arsenal and joined Valencia, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Sky sources reported on Wednesday that Arsenal had agreed a £12m fee with Valencia for Coquelin, who has been restricted to just seven starts this season.

Asked after Arsenal’s 0-0 Carabao Cup draw with Chelsea if Coquelin had left the club, Wenger said: “Yes.”

The Arsenal boss added: “He goes to Valencia. He didn’t get enough games with us this season. He had an opportunity. I let him go.”

Coquelin spent almost a decade at Arsenal after joining the Gunners in 2008 from French side Stade Lavallois.

The 26-year-old midfielder had loan spells at Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton before breaking into the Arsenal first team on a regular basis in the 2014/15 season.