Valencia manager Marcelino Garcia Toral turned to the bench at Mestalla, where his subs and his staff were sitting happily, and a grin shot across his face. "You see what a capricious son of a b---- football is?" he said.
To his left, Ezequiel Garay looked a little bemused, which they all were. But while the rest were bemused by what they had just seen, Garay was momentarily bemused by what he had just heard. "Why?" he asked.
Why?! Marcelino pointed towards the pitch, where Luciano Vietto had...
Francis Coquelin has told L'Equipe it was "difficult" to decide to leave Arsenal, but insisted his move to Valencia is a necessary step to boost his career.
Coquelin, 26, ended nine years at Arsenal by signing a four-and-a-half year contract with the Spanish club this week.
A regular in the Arsenal first-team squad but not in the starting line-up, the French midfielder, who spent loan spells at Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton Athletic during his time in north London, admitted he could no longer settle...
Valencia have completed the signing of French midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal.
The La Liga club confirmed the move for the 26-year-old on their official website, with a fee in the region of £12m thought to have been agreed.
Coquelin arrived at Valencia in the early hours of Thursday on a private plane and underwent a medical in the morning before putting pen to paper on a contract that is to run until June 2022.
A statement read: "Valencia CF have agreed a deal this Thursday with Arsenal...