Coquelin leaves Arsenal after 10 years, joins Valencia

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin may miss up to a month of action. (Christophe Ena/AP)

VALENCIA, Spain — Francis Coquelin has left Arsenal to join Valencia, ending his decade-long association with the English club.

Valencia announced the signing of the French holding midfielder on Thursday on a contract until June 2022. Neither club disclosed the transfer fee.

The 26-year-old Coquelin joined Arsenal in 2008, at the age of 16, and had spells out on loan until becoming a regular in first-team squads from the 2014-15 season. He played 160 matches for Arsenal.

He has represented France at every youth level from under-17 to under-


When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.