Francis Coquelin has spoken about his January exit from Arsenal and given his thoughts on Arsene Wenger (via Sport Witness).
It was strange for many Arsenal fans to watch Francis Coquelin score a goal on Saturday.
The Frenchman headed in for a corner in Valencia’s 2-1 victory over Malaga to put an end eight-year goal drought.
Coquelin joined Arsenal almost 10 years ago but that run came to an end when he made €14 million move to Valencia and now, the Frenchman has spoken about the reasons behind his move.
“It isn’t that easy when you’ve spent 10 years somewhere, but I needed a new challenged. You tend to get into a comfort zone when you stay several years in the same clubs. You try and challenge yourself, but it’s a bit harder. Here, I’m starting from scratch.
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“It’s a new experience, a new training method, new teammates and a new environment. All that means I was thrilled by the project. There’s interesting goals to accomplish. I’m focused on that.”
Coquelin was then asked about Arsene Wenger during his interview with the Spanish outlet, Clicanoo.
“He’s someone I have a lot of respect for. If I’m here in my career, it’s because of him. We left on good terms. I wish him the best, and I hope Arsenal will finish the season well. Like us.”
Every Arsenal fan will want the best for Francis Coquelin. The Frenchman was a loyal servant and a highly useful player at times during his Arsenal career.