Coquelin: Arsenal midfielder rejects West Ham and agrees to Valencia transfer

Coquelin is no longer a regular starter at Arsenal and has fallen behind in the pecking order

Gunners midfielder Francis Coquelin is reportedly close to completing a move to Spanish side Valencia after failing to establish himself in the Arsenal first team.

Coquelin was left out of Arsenal's 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup at the weekend, and has been restricted to just one start in the Premier League this season.

Francis Coquelin is leaving Arsenal after nearly a decade at the club following the agreement of a £12 million transfer to 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. Signing Coquelin would strengthen their midfield options in the second half of the season.

Moyes revealed in December that he was looking to add to his squad as he attempts to secure the Hammers' Premier League status.

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When quizzed about Coquelin's future on Tuesday, manager Arsene Wenger said: "It's a possibility [Coquelin's departure] but nothing is decided".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday that Coquelin could leave the club after almost a decade, having joined as a 17-year-old in 2008. The exclusion was not due to injury as Wenger had reported him to be fit.

Back in 2015, Coquelin was doing extremely well for Arsenal and was a regular starter when he was recalled from his loan spell at Charlton.

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