Gervinho had his medical at Arsenal recently and is expected to be announced as the clubs newest signing very soon.
I think that a majority of the Arsenal faithful will feel that his reported £11 million move from Lille was a good piece of business done by Arsene Wenger, and hopefully a lot more players will follow the Ivorian forward through the Emirates doors this summer.
Speaking on the 2nd of July, Gervinho stated in the Metro:
‘At Arsenal the team is young and I will be able to integrate easily. I will be able to flourish over there.’
He has dismissed suggestions that he would struggle to force his way into the first-team that includes Robin van Persie, pinpointing Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh as someone whose position he expects to usurp.
‘Marouane Chamakh is not a worry for me, so why compare? I am going to the Gunners to play. I will be in the game. I am going to play to the maximum and not to be on the bench. Arsenal love to play, and I love teams that love to play. The best risk to take is to look to score goals. In football you have to take risks if you want to win. I’m going to Arsenal to win.’
In my opinion the competition for first-team places will be a good thing at Arsenal, and I have a feeling that we will see Gervinho and Chamakh up front together at some point during the upcoming season – especially if, or should I say when, van Persie picks up an injury.
Will Gervinho be ahead of Chamakh in the pecking order? I guess this depends on how both players do during pre-season games, but my gut feeling suggests that he will be ahead of the Moroccan striker.
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