Growing stronger: Coquelin has established a smooth partnership with Elneny

By Russell Edge

Arsenal could be set to offload midfielder Francis Coquelin on a loan deal to Spanish side Valencia, according to a report.

Spanish sports news outlet AS claim that the Spanish club are seeking an industrious midfielder and have eyed up the 26-year-old Frenchman as a prime target.

Arsene Wenger has used Coquelin sparingly this season, with just 22 starts to his name in the league, and 37 appearances in all competitions.

The report claims that Valencia would look to incorporate him as a first-choice midfielder, so Wenger can be guaranteed his man would be getting plenty of game time.

It also claims they are monitoring the availability of Malaga’s Ignacio Camacho, who would likely join on a permanent deal, unlike Coquelin.

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Coquelin joined Arsenal way back in 2008 and has already gone out in three loan deals, to Charlton, Freiburg and Lorient.

Football Insider verdict:

Arsene Wenger will need to start deciding on what he wants for next season before he can confirm any departures. The fight for a central midfield birth is set to be a busy one for the Gunners, with Coquelin facing off against Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, and Mesut Ozil for a starting role. It may prove that Wenger decides he needs to keep Coquelin for back-up, with another busy season on the horizon. However, if not, a loan move seems sensible, as it affords the player game time.

In other Arsenal transfer news, a Brazilian powerhouse has revealed he support the Gunner and has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League.

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