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Coquelin: Arsenal midfielder joins Valencia

Francis Coquelin signs from Arsenal on a contract running until 2022, and is set to go straight into the squad for Saturday's Deportivo clash.

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Coquelin: Arsenal midfielder joins Valencia

Valencia have signed midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal.

Midfielder signs on at Valencia until 2022

Having passed a medical on Thursday morning, Coquelin joins Los Che on a four-and-a-half year deal that will include a release clause of 80 million euros.

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The Frenchman, who follows striker Luciano Vietto in moving to Mestalla in the January transfer window, was officially presented on Thursday evening, before training with his new team-mates for the first time.

Coquelin, who has taken the number 17 shirt, poses with Valencia president Anil Murthy at his unveiling.
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Coquelin, who has taken the number 17 shirt, poses with Valencia president Anil Murthy at his unveiling.Alberto Iranzo

Coquelin: "I almost regret not coming before"

"There was interest [from Valencia] in the summer, but I wanted to stay at Arsenal and be a success there," Coquelin said at his unveiling. "It wasn't to be. And now Valencia have maintained their interest, and I almost regret not coming before."

To be included in Valencia squad for weekend LaLiga clash 

The 26-year-old is expected to go straight into Marcelino García Toral's squad for Saturday night's LaLiga match away to Deportivo La Coruña.

After signing for Arsenal as a youth player in 2008, the former France Under-21 international made 160 first-team appearances for the Gunners.

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