Francis Coquelin joins Valencia from Arsenal

Francis Coquelin wishes he'd left Arsenal sooner as Santi Cazorla helps sort Valencia move

Francis Coquelin wishes he'd left Arsenal sooner as Santi Cazorla helps sort Valencia move

Francis Coquelin admits that he should have probably left Arsenal in the summer rather than wait until the ongoing winter transfer window.

Francis Coquelin says that he "almost regrets" not taking the chance to leave Arsenal sooner after completing a move to La Liga side Valencia on Thursday.

Jack Wilshere's return to the Arsenal team helped limit Coquelin to one Premier League appearance this season. The 26-year-old spent three seasons on loan following his promotion to the senior team before establishing himself under Wenger midway through the 2014/15 campaign.

The midfielder made his debut for Arsenal in 2008 having signed from French club Stade Lavallois that summer.

Coquelin won two FA Cups with the club - appearing in the 2015 and 2017 finals - but the re-emergence of Jack Wilshere as well as competition from Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny has forced Coquelin to seek a move overseas.

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Shaun Botterill GettyImages

Coquelin has revealed that Arsenal star Santi Cazorla played a big part to his move.

"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 nearly regret not having come before". I think it's an excellent opportunity for me and I'm very grateful.

"He added: "[Cazorla] told me it's an excellent club which I will not regret joining. I trust what he tells me.

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