OFFICIAL: Valencia have signed Francis Coquelin from Arsenal as he has signed a 4.5-year contract, with a release clause of €80m.
Francis Coquelin (born 13 May 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for English club Arsenal. He has also featured for Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton Atheltic in his career.
Born in Laval, Mayenne, Coquelin began his career playing for AS Laval Bourny before departing in 2005 for the biggest club in the commune, Stade Lavallois.
Coquelin spent three years at the club before being spotted by renowned Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi, while on international duty, playing in a 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship elite round qualification match against Israel.
The 26-year-old has fallen out of favour at The Emirates Stadium, starting just one league game to date after starting 62 league matches across the three previous campaigns.