Arsenal exodus begins as La Liga side agree deal for Coquelin

Francis Coquelin of Arsenal is chased by Pedro Obiang of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is in talks over a move to side Valencia. Valencia are on the lookout for a midfielder with a defensive mindset and Coquelin seems to fit the bill, given his experience and age.

Coquelin featured regularly for Arsenal three seasons ago alongside Santi Cazorla where he formed an impressive midfield partnership after being recalled from a loan spell at Charlton. In the race to sign Coquelin, Valencia are not alone.

Nevertheless, he is a regular for the Egyptian national team, having won 57 caps since his debut in 2011, and Moyes clearly sees him as the sort of player who could help the Hammers in their fight to avoid relegation. Instead of looking at others, those two guys that you should have signed up a long time ago are not secured yet'. Signing Coquelin would strengthen their squad and Hodgson views the defensive midfielder as a valuable addition to his squad.

"It's a possibility but nothing is decided", said Wenger ahead of Arsenal's League Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

The Frenchman has been at Arsenal since joining from Stade Lavallois as a 17-year-old in July 2008 following a successful trial. The exclusion was not due to injury as Wenger had reported him to be fit.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also confirmed on Tuesday that there is a high possibility of Coquelin leaving the club after almost 10 years when he played his first game competitive game for the North London outfit in 2008, he was just 17 at the time.

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