Arsenal legend Ian Wright has reacted after the Gunners agreed to sell their star midfielder to Valencia, praising the club.
The Frenchman joined the club in 2008 and worked his way up the youth team and into the first team. However, despite that things never clicked for Francis Coquelin and with multiple loan spells, the 26-year-old was never a part of Arsene Wenger’s plans. Now with his move to Valencia all but done and dusted, Arsenal icon Ian Wright has lauded the Gunners, even going on to praise the management.
Accrdoignt to reports from Spain, including from AS and Marca, Coquelin’s transfer fee will be close to £10.5 million and the Frenchman will get a four and a half year deal from the La Liga side. While he was once considered a mainstay in the Arsenal side, especially after his loan spell at Charlton Athletic was cut short, the 26-year-old has only to make one Premier League start this season.
However, despite that Ian Wright has praised the Gunners saying, “It is unbelievable, great business for someone who has been at Arsenal for the time he has been there. You would not say that Francis Coquelin is someone Arsenal are going to miss going forward.
If they can get £10.5m for him, that is fantastic business, because where is he going with Arsenal right now?’
Wright was not the only one both pleased and surprised at the fact that Arsenal let Coquelin leave, with former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry also talking about the potential transfer.”I’m happy for him because he’s going to go to a team that is challenging at the minute in a very difficult league to win, said the France and Arsenal legend.
— Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) January 10, 2018
But he’s going to enjoy himself. He couldn’t play [for Arsenal] for some reason 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. And then obviously he’s not playing anymore. But, hey, sometimes you have to move on.”
With Francis Coquelin’s departure, it can only mean one thing for and that’s Jack Wilshere is staying. The midfielder has slowly won back both his fitness and Arsene Wenger’s squad, but not only that has been in negotiations with the club over a new contract. Wilshere joins a list of stars who contracts expire at the end of the season.