Francis Coquelin completes Valencia move

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The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Mestalla, including an €80million release clause.

Arsenal have confirmed the departure of Francis Coquelin who has left to complete a transfer to La Liga side Valencia for a reported £12m, ending a near decade-long association with the football club.

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

The Spanish side teased Coquelin's arrival on Twitter, with reports in Spain claiming Arsenal could get as much as £22m from a deal that should be officially announced in the next 24 hours.

Valencia took advantage of the 26-year-old's lack of game time to swoop for the former France Under-21 global, who will bolster their push for a top-four finish in La Liga.

"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. They were very good.

"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. He had an opportunity and I let him go".

Speaking after the goalless draw at Chelsea on Wednesday night, Wenger said: "He goes to Valencia".

"The best way to replace him is getting [Aaron] Ramsey and [Mesut] Ozil back", he added.

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