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Valencia unveils €13.5 Coquelin from Arsenal

Valencia Confirm €13.5 Coquelin Arrival From Arsenal, Set €80m Buy-Out Clause DealLa Liga side Valencia have announced the signing of Francis Coquelin from Arsenal in a deal believed to be worth around €13.5m.

The 26-year old midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Mestalla, which includes a reported €80million release clause.

“Valencia have this Thursday reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Francis Coquelin,” the club confirmed in a statement.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday that a deal was likely to be concluded, with Coquelin having grown frustrated by his lack of game time.

“He goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games,” Wenger said following his side’s 0-0 EFL Cup semi-final draw with Chelsea. “I let him go.”

Arsenal also bid the Frenchman, who joined the club in 2008, farewell on their official twitter handle.

Coquelin has only made one start in the Premier League this season.


Football: Iwobi Delighted With Arsenal’s ‘Big Win’ Over Tottenham

Iwobi Delighted With Arsenal’s ‘Big Win’ Over TottenhamArsenal forward Alex Iwobi has expressed happiness over his team’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s Premier League game at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez proved amid the uncertainty over their futures that they remain Arsenal’s star performers with match-winning displays in the match that helped the Gunners to move up in the Premier League table.

Iwobi who scored a brace against Argentina in Tuesday’s international friendly match in Russia, described the victory as a big win for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Nigeria defeated Argentina 4-2 in the Tuesday’s game.

The Super Eagles forward who replaced Mesut Oezil in 84th minute would have put his name on the scorer’s sheet shortly after he was introduced but he missed a goal off a shot from outside the box.

Why I turned down Man U Job – Wenger

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In charge of Arsenal for over two decades, the French manager once had the opportunity to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford

Arsene Wenger has revealed why he turned down the chance to manage Manchester United.

The Frenchman has stayed loyal to Arsenal since joining them in 1996, although former United chairman Martin Edwards has revealed that the Red Devils offered him the chance to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.

Edwards claimed in his autobiography: “Our first choice was Arsene. Since joining Arsenal in 1996 Wenger had been greatly successful, especially in his first full season in charge when he won the Double.

“And while it’s true to say he suffered hard times since, at the time we thought he was the best candidate to replace Alex. Certainly he was my number one choice.

“So we made our approach and Wenger did show a little bit of interest, enough to want to meet Peter Kenyon and me at his house in London to listen to what we had to say.”

Wenger has found his position at the Emirates Stadium come under intense scrutiny in recent years but says that, while the United job was “attractive”, he never felt the need to quit the Gunners.

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“I was always happy here, people were happy with me and I was always happy,” he said.

“I love the values of this club and, for me, a club is about values first. One day it would be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution.

“You speak about Man United, the evolution in the last 20 years would be very interesting. A lot has changed but when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport. That is why I am still in the competition.

“I always question myself. Yes, of course, Man United is attractive but am I happy here? The answer was ‘yes’.

“It is too long to talk about that but I think it is quite an interesting subject that you know certainly as well as I do, but a lot has changed.

“When I arrived here we were 80 people, today we are 700. Sometimes I cross somebody inside our club who I know, that is quite new. Most of them I don’t know anymore. We have changed a lot.”

Wenger, now 67, signed a two-year contract extension with Arsenal in the summer.

Arsenal agrees Lemar deal

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Arsenal have agreed a deal with Monaco for the signing of Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.

The France international has finalised terms with the Gunners, with the 21-year-old set to sign a five-year deal worth £250,000 per week.

The apparent agreement does not, however, depend on Alexis Sanchez leaving in the winter window, with his contract due to expire in summer 2018.

Pressure on Wenger affecting Arsenal players – Toure

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The ex-Ivory Coast international believes pressure on his former boss is taking a toll on the Gunners’ players

Arsene Wenger’s inability to win major trophies is affecting Arsenal player, according to Kolo Toure.

The Frenchman has delivered three FA Cup trophies in the last four years for the London outfit but has, severally, fallen short in the race for the English Premier League title and has made inglorious exits from the Uefa Champions League.

After signing a new deal on the back of leading the Gunners to another FA Cup triumph, the gaffer has seen his side falter just at the start of the 2017-18 which culminated in their 4-0 pummeling against Liverpool a fortnight ago.

Toure, a member of the iconic 2003-04 invincibles squad, said the pressure such results pile on the 67-year-old rubs off on his wards.

“When you’re a manager of a club like Arsenal and you don’t win trophies for such a long time, I mean the league of course, you will have always pressure,” Toure told Evening Standard.

“But the guy [Arsene Wenger] has experience, the guy has been there before and he wants the best for the club that is all I know and he wants to do his best for the club.

“When things stalk around it makes things difficult for him because the players can feel that as well, the players can feel that the fans are putting pressure on the manager and the players are in a position where they are not really comfortable.

Don’t compare Costa and Sanchez situations

Both players sat out of their sides’ Premier League openers last weekend but the Gunners boss believes there is no comparison with Chelsea’s situation

Arsene Wenger has again insisted Alexis Sanchez will not leave Arsenal in this transfer window and believes his is a very different situation to Diego Costa’s at Chelsea – because the Gunners want to keep their star man.

Both Sanchez and Costa missed their respective sides’ first Premier League games of the season at the weekend, but while the Chelsea forward seemingly has no future at Stamford Bridge, Wenger is determined not to let his own player leave.

With the Chile international’s contract up next year, Arsenal would lose Sanchez for free at the end of the season if they cannot agree a new contract – but Wenger remains hopeful.

“Of course [Sanchez will stay],” he told beIN Sports. “[The Costa scenario] is a little bit of a different situation.

 hope – even now – that we can extend the contract of Sanchez, [Alex Oxlade-]Chamberlain and [Mesut] Ozil, so it’s difficult for me to analyse the Chelsea situation with Costa.”

Regardless of any renewed deal, though, Wenger expects Sanchez to respect his current contract and see out the season at Emirates Stadium.

“It looks unusual to the media sometimes that clubs want contracts to be respected,” he said. “For me, it looks logical. I am amazed that you are amazed. It looks normal.

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“If I sign a contract, I respect it. Of course, if a club releases me, it is normal that I can go somewhere else, but I know that, when I sign for two years with Arsenal, Arsenal have that contract and I have to respect it.”

Wenger Expects Lacazette emulate Ibrahimovic  

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes new signing Alexandre Lacazette can replicate the kind of form Zlatan Ibrahimovic had at Manchester United last season.

The Swedish striker who was signed from Paris Saint Germain (PSG) scored 28 English Premier League goals for the Red Devils but was released after he copped an injury towards the end of last term.

As Arsenal get set to welcome Leicester City in the opening match of the 2017/2018 campaign on Friday night, the former Lyon striker has been on the spotlight after arriving north London for £52million, a record signing for the Gunners.

“With Lacazette, it’s simple. He is an intelligent player. We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well,” Wenger is quoted by

“After that, we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.

“Goal-scoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that’s for sure.

“But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England. So that’s the target Lacazette should set.”

“I know him for a long time. In France, you have Paris that produces maybe 60 or 70% of players. With the suburbs they go south and west.

“After Paris, you have Lyon, which is a special place in France as they have their own mentality. They don’t like to move away, usually.

“They produce their own players, the players who grew up around Lyon, like Fekir, Lacazette, Gonalons. They all stay in Lyon. They usually like to stay there. They are players with a special mentality and I did not know whether they wanted to move or not.

“Does he want to go abroad or not? It is a very specific French players at Lyon.

Wenger admitted he is open to bringing more players in the current window but stressed the difficulty in managing those at his disposal at the moment.

“We are still open [for more signings]. But of course at the moment I have 33 players [in the squad] and it’s very difficult to manage, on a daily basis, such a high number.

Wenger also talked about the situation with league champions Chelsea who they defeated via penalties on the FA Community Shield on Sunday.

“Maybe, yes, he has the opposite problem. But if you look at the number of players on loan, they can call a few back.

“I have sympathy for him [Conte]. But do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don’t have enough players? Then, no.”

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