Arsenal midfielder set for switch to La Liga giants


Gunners midfielder Francis Coquelin is reportedly close to completing a move to Spanish side Valencia after failing to establish himself in the Arsenal first team.

It’s only a matter of time before the French star makes the switch as the two clubs are in the process of negotiating a deal according to ESPN sources.

The report also stated that the transfer could take place before the weekend after a huge hint was dropped on the official Valencia Twitter page. On Wednesday, a photograph of a suitcase with the club logo on it was posted along with a caption reading “We Have A New One Ready”, which was a definite sign of a new arrival to be unveiled soon.

Coquelin never cemented a place in the Arsenal starting XI

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also confirmed on Tuesday that there is a high possibility of Coquelin leaving the club after nearly 10 years when he played his first game competitive game for the North London outfit in 2008, he was just 17 at the time.

But despite showing glimpses of his potential, the 26-year-old never cemented his spot at Arsenal, with Granit Xhaka preferred in that defensive midfield role before Coquelin. Back in 2015, Coquelin was doing extremely well for Arsenal and was a regular starter when he was recalled from his loan spell at Charlton.


Coquelin has been in and out of the Arsenal first team due to his injuries.

Coquelin has played close to 160 games for Arsenal but has managed just one Premier League game under his belt this season; surprisingly he has never scored a goal for Arsenal in his career. However, a move to Valencia seems imminent with reports claiming a four and a half year deal for Coquelin valued close to £10.5 million.

Author’s take

Hopefully, Coquelin will be able to get more game-time at Valencia and get back his confidence while playing regularly. On the other hand, Arsenal will be able to raise funds from a player who was genuinely being wasted at the club; they could now spend to bring in a more suited player in this transfer window or in the summer.



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