Coquelin close to Valencia move

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.

In recent seasons, though, the midfielder has dropped down the pecking order, with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Jack Wilshere standing in his way.

Coquelin departs with FA Cup winners' medals for in 2015 and 2017 - and may be heading back to the Champions League.

According to reports, Crystal Palace have joined a host of clubs ready to snap up Francis Coquelin from Arsenal.

"It's a possibility but nothing is decided".

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Sportsmail revealed on Monday the La Liga side were in pole position for the 26-year-old ahead of West Ham.

Speaking about Coquelin's move, he told Sky Sports: 'I'm happy for him because he's going to go to a team that is challenging at the minute in a very hard league to win.

That deal seemed to have stalled with the French publication, RMC Sport claiming that the midfielder has now agreed on a move to Spanish side, Valencia.

"But my information on the club signing him is that I do not have information!"

On Arsenal's January window dealings, which could see Alexis Sanchez leave, he continued: 'Yes [it could be tricky] in a way, because we've been waiting for those guys to come and make sure they can help this team play better.

  • Tabitha Byrd