Arsene Wenger says new boy Gervinho, who has yet to officially sign, is a signing to moisten the gussets of Arsenal fans.
Speaking at a press conference in China as Arsenal continue their pre-season tour, the manager was asked if the Ivory Coast star was similar in some ways to Thierry Henry. Wenger said, “Exactly. He has qualities that are interesting because he has good movement off the ball, he is very quick and he can play up front, left and right.
“He can score goals, he can provide, so he can contribute greatly to the offensive efficiency of the team. He is a signing to excite the Arsenal supporters.”
He also likened to him to a more current squad member, Theo Walcott, saying, “He has qualities like Theo Walcott, they have good movement. I think Theo can play on the left, right and up front. He has a similar type of pace and finishing.”
The transfer is currently going through a ‘regulatory process’ but is expected to be wrapped up in the next few days. When complete, Gervinho will become Wenger’s second signing of the summer after Charlton’s vastly experienced youngster Carl Jenkinson.