Having watched Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and close friend Emmanuel Eboue leave North London within weeks of his arrival, it’s safe to say that Gervinho found the tail end of the transfer window more traumatic than most.
There he was expected to line up in the midfield with three household names and instead he took to the field, promptly got sent off, and then found himself surrounded by teenagers and last-gasp replacements.
Our Ivorian winger doesn’t want to see a repeat of the situation at the end of the current season, despite speculation continuing to circle about the future of talismanic club captain Robin van Persie.
Speaking from the Ivory Coast’s training camp ahead of the African Cup of Nations the summer signing from Lille outlined the Dutchman’s importance to the squad and why he must stay at the Emirates.
“I don’t want the sale of Robin van Persie,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
“Robin is a player who pushes companions to work harder and give more effort during matches. He is a dream to play with.
“Van Persie is the captain and the boss of the group.”
Arseblog News is hardly going to contradict Gervinho – that Van Persie stays at Arsenal is incredibly important for the current squad. However, despite the striker having only 18 months left on his contract it is vital that his concentration remains on his fitness and scoring goals rather than discussing his future. With that in mind it’s worth ignoring the rumours which drift across the Bay of Biscay and waft down the M1 – they stink of troublemaking and nothing more.