Despite most Arsenal fans realising Francis Coquelin wasn’t good enough to be the long-term midfield option, that hasn’t stopped the support pouring in following his transfer to Valencia.

Coquelin completed his £10m move to Valencia on Thursday afternoon, and Gooners everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. Although he filled a gap when needed, the midfielder was rash and sloppy.

Despite this, Arsenal fans have been posting in their hundreds (probably more like dozens, but you get the idea) to pay tribute to the 26-year-old.

While many acknowledge that the Frenchman isn’t good enough for the Gunners, Coquelin had a passion running through his veins that hardly any of our current players possess. He genuinely loved the club and wanted to do his best for it.

Francis Coquelin v Bayern Munich
Francis Coquelin.

In 2014, at the age of just 23, he was recalled from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic because of injuries to Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. And you know what? He did a pretty solid job. He was there when we needed him.

When I decided to write a reactionary piece on Coquelin’s move to La Liga, I expected it to mainly consist of Gooners rejoicing. But instead, when I checked Twitter, I was hit by a wall of support for him.

10 years, 160 appearances, three assists and zero goals – Coquelin, you probably won’t be missed, but we wish you all the best, buddy.

Although, obviously there was the odd Gooner who couldn’t contain their excitement.

Good luck in Spain!

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