Arsenal legend Ian Wright reacts to Arsenal selling star midfielder

Good for Newcastle: West Ham's Francis Coquelin transfer

Valencia agreed to a deal worth £12 million (RM64.5 million) for Coquelin, according to British media reports.

Arsenal have confirmed the departure of Francis Coquelin who has left to complete a transfer to La Liga side Valencia for a reported £12m, ending a near decade-long association with the football club.

Coquelin spoke with Arsenal teammates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about the move with all four having nothing but positives to give.

'It's a big challenge, and a new start in my life for me, which I'm very excited about'.

"I have seen the team, they are going along very well, they are third in the table". They were very good.

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

Coquelin, a two-time FA Cup victor at Arsenal has started only one Premier League game this season having fallen out of favour at the club since signing a new long-term contract last January.

"We had an opportunity and I let him go".

Wenger later added at a post-match news conference: "He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games".

"I believe that the players are doing a great job".

Coquelin has spent nearly a decade at Arsenal, with a total of 159 appearances being made in all competitions during his time in North London.

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