All the talk surrounding Arsenal this month has been surrounding the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil but the Gunenrs have finalised the exit of one of their lesser midfielders this month.

Arsenal have confirmed the departure of Francis Coquelin who has left to complete a transfer to La Liga side Valencia for a reported £12m, ending a near decade-long association with the football club.

Arriving in the summer of 2008 from Stade Laval in France, Coquelin came through the ranks at Arsenal, making his debut in a League Cup tie with Sheffield United in September that year.

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It was many years until the Frenchman became a regular in the Arsenal first-team, returning from a loan spell at Charlton in December 2014 to cement his place in side for the remainder of the 2014/15 season, featuring in 19 on the final 20 games of that campaign.

The 27-year-old a regular in the side for the next two campaigns but has lost his role this season, making just 15 appearances across all competitions and falling behind the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny in the midfield ranks.

In his nine-and-a-half years at Arsenal, Coquelin has made 160 appearances and was part of two FA Cup winning sides, and we wish him luck for the rest of his career.