He was an important player at Emirates Stadium the last three years, playing regularly, starting often, and he thought things could be even better for him this season at Arsenal. They were not.
It’s true that there was interest in the summer but in my head I wanted to continue at Arsenal and do well there. It wasn’t to be and now this opportunity has come up
Francis Coquelin told reporters during his official presentation by Valencia, the LaLiga club that reached a deal with Arsenal last Thursday, to sign the 26-year-old for a reported fee of 13.5 million euros.
I almost regret not having come before. I think it’s an excellent opportunity for me and I’m very grateful. It’s a big challenge, and a new start in my life for me, which I’m very excited about
the Frenchman said, eager to finally go back to regular playing time, having amassed no more than 155 minutes in the Premier League since the start of the season.
The competition these last months proved even stiffer than expected, and Coquelin, who spent a total of seven and a half years at Arsenal, realised that his time there was up.