Arsenal in advanced talks with club for transfer of dogged midfielder

Daily Mail suggests that Francis Coquelin could be set for a winter move to La Liga outfit, Valencia. The 26-year-old Frenchman has struggled to make an impact this season and was left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend, and indication that his time at the club may soon be over.

The player has found playing time limited ever since Arsene Wenger switched formation to 3-4-3, and is now set to depart north London as a player who promised so much but ultimately delivered little. Reports in the English media have  suggested that West Ham were also interested in his services, but the player has rejected the chance of going across London as the club are currently mired in a relegation dogfight.

Daily Mail reports that there are advanced talks between Valencia and Arsenal on a loan deal till the end of the season with the option to buy for £12 million at the end of the campaign. The player is ready for a fresh challenge given that he has fallen behind the likes of Xhaka, Ramsey, Wilshere and Mohammed Elneny in the Arsenal central midfield pecking order.

Valencia, despite their early season form have struggled in recent months and feel that Coquelin could come in to add steel to the middle of the park. He rose to prominence in the 14/15 season when he was recalled by Wenger from a loan spell at Charlton in the middle of the season following an injury crisis. He slotted in alongside Santi Cazorla but he has been limited to just a solitary league start this season.

He has made 159 appearances for the 13-time English champions,  winning 2 FA Cup trophies.


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