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Thierry Henry gives priceless reaction to Francis Coquelin's big-money Valencia transfer

13 January, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Francis Coquelin of Arsenal is chased by Pedro Obiang of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19

Francis Coquelin is expected to complete a move to Valencia after nearly a decade at Arsenal.

"Valencia CF have agreed a deal this Thursday with Arsenal regarding the transfer of Francis Coquelin, who will wear the black and white colours of the club during a deal that will run until June 30th 2022".

"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.

Valencia is reported to have paid in the region of €13.5m for the 26-year-old. They were very good.

"I think Maitland-Niles had an outstanding performance tonight. I'm obviously here to help the team achieve their objectives".


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

'He went from, I remember my first game was at Man City and I called him the police officer or something like that because he was shielding everything.

Arsenal are in the process of clearing out a number of their fringe players now the January transfer window is in full force.

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.

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