Arsenal have finally confirmed the capture of Gervinho from Lille with the Ivorian international moving to the Emirates on a long-term contract for the usual ‘undisclosed’ fee.
The 24-year-old attacker, who had been awaiting the completion of a ‘regulatory process’, will now join up with his new teammates for pre-season training and could play a part in Saturday’s friendly with FC Cologne.
It remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will play the ASEC Mimosas graduate as an auxiliary striker or in a wide berth, although the Frenchman has already spoken glowingly of his new recruit’s versatility:
“Gervinho is a player that can play in a number of positions up front. He can play on the right, on the left and through the middle. He has qualities that I find very important, like his movement off the ball.
“He has the qualities we like technically. He is good one against one, he is strong and was the best provider in the French league with assists and he scored 15 goals. I think he is a very good addition to the squad.”
Having been linked with a move to London for several months, Gervinho also took the time out to express his pleasure at finally sealing a deal with the Gunners.
“It’s a great feeling to be an Arsenal player. I’m very happy. I’ve always dreamed to play for this Club. I’ve achieved this dream now and I am so happy. It’s one of the most beautiful days of my life.
“I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Arsène Wenger. I came here because I believe that he can improve my game and help me reach another level, but the most important thing for me is that I bring a lot to the team for whom I’m playing.”
It would appear that Arsenal are still on the lookout for further squad additions, although while the defensive area appears to need firming up, it is another young striker, Joel Campbell, who could become the club’s third signing of the summer.
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