France international Francis Coquelin is set to complete a transfer to Valencia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Valencia had teased Coquelin’s impending arrival by posting a picture of a suitcase adorned with the midfielder’s initials to their Twitter account.

Previous reports suggested that the Spanish side would prefer a loan agreement with a purchase option, but the move is now understood to be a permanent one valued at £10.5 million.

Asked by Sky Sports after the match if Coquelin was about to leave Arsenal, Wenger replied: “Yes.”

Wenger later added at a post-match news conference: “He goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games.

“I let him go.”

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