Francis Coquelin says that he ”almost regrets” not taking the cahnce to leave Arsenal sooner after Completing a Move to La Liga side Valencia on Thursday. The French midfielder joined Arsenal in 2008 and came through the system to become a regular for the Gunners, making over 20 appearances in the League in three consecutive seasons.

His displays during the 2016/2017 season drew interest over the summer, but he 26-year old wanted to stay and fight for his place under Arsene wenger. Ultimately, the decision didn’t work out, as the midfielder made just one start in the premier League and racked up just 155 minutes of action in the top flight.

Coquelin completed his move away from the Gunners on Thursday and admitted during press conference that it might have been the wrong decision to stay with Arsenal at the start of the season. ‘I almost regret not ahving come before. I think it’s an excellent opportunity for me and I’m very excited about”.


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