Coquelin: I should have left Arsenal sooner

Francis Coquelin Arsenal Valencia

Coquelin, who is yet to make a senior appearance for the France national team, will be presented by Valencia at 1615 United Kingdom time this afternoon.

Francis Coquelin is excited by the new challenge that awaits him at Valencia - but admits it is one he probably should have taken up six months ago. I've seen the team, they are doing very well, third in the table. It was the club that launched my career, I will never forget that.

"I had some superb years at Arsenal". We had an honest relationship and the fans have always been fantastic towards me.

He told a press conference as reported by the Spanish media: 'It's true that there was interest in the summer but in my head I wanted to continue at Arsenal and do well there. I respect Cazorla's opinion a lot, so when he told me this, he convinced me. But obviously I am moving on to a new challenge, a new club and my first impressions are very good so I am expecting another really good time.


Coquelin was recalled from a loan spell at Charlton in December 2014 following an injury crisis and he became a regular feature of the Arsenal team due to some consistent performances in the middle of the park. I think the players are doing a great job'. Winning the FA Cup [in 2015] was special.

'I nearly regret not having come before. He didn't get enough games with us this season.

"I can not be disappointed by that".

Coquelin couldn't go without thanking Arsene Wenger, who has been such a large influence on his life. "I let him go". "I trust what he tells me", Coquelin explained while praising Arsenal's injured star Cazorla. I am where I am today because of what he has done, and my work as well, but if your manager doesn't play you, you can not express yourself and he is the one who gave me that chance.

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