Former Arsenal Player Francis Coquelin has revealed the reason behind his yesterday’s move out of the Emirates stadium to Valencia in a deal reported to be around €14million, per reports.
The Frenchman told reporters that he knew it was the right time to put an end to his Arsenal career so he never thought twice when he received an offer from Valencia coach Marcelino García for his services.
According to the Frenchman, he needed to be playing more regularly because he is at the prime stage of his career, but he was unable to get much playing time at Arsenal which is the sole reason behind his move to Spanish side Valencia where he would be used more frequently.
The 26-year-old player admitted that it was hard for him to quit the club that brought him to limelight, but he had no option than to join a team where his progression will be guaranteed.
“I am at an important moment in my career,” he said. “I did not have much game time at Arsenal. And I needed to see something else, to live another story. I have chosen a club with a strong past, a family club. And immediately, I feel at home.
He also said that it wasn’t easy to say goodbye to Arsene Wenger who had so much trust in him throughout his nine years stay at the Emirates stadium.
“I spent some amazing years at Arsenal. It is the club which launched my career and I will never forget that. It was difficult to leave. I played matches but not the ones which counted. I needed to grow some more.”
Reacting to his first day in his new Spanish club Valencia, Coquelin praised the team for their warm reception which is helping him settle down seamlessly into the team.
Some media outlets reported that the 26-year-old midfielder left Arsenal due to his sour relationship with Arsene Wenger, but Coquelin has debunked the news claiming that he had a cordial relationship with the French manager.
According to him, Wenger sanctioned his move to the La Liga club after a lengthy discussion between the two parties.
Looking back at his Arsenal career, Coquelin believes he has achieved some great feats with the club and he is happy to leave the North London club as a multiple FA Cup champion.