Lille striker Gervinho told France Football magazine there are only “a few details” left to finalise, before his £11 million transfer to the gunners is complete. The Ivorian scored 15 goals last season, as well earning 10 assists, in 43 appearances for the team which won the French double last season. The 24 year old has promised Arsenal fans he will help to end their club’s 6 year trophy drought. He said:
“I chose Arsenal because it’s a young group within which I will be able to integrate easily,”
“I could develop more over there. There’s only a few details left to sort out.
“A risk? Not at all. I’m going to Arsenal to play. The best risk to take is to look to score goals and to play a lot.
“In football you have to take risks if you want to win. I’m going to Arsenal to win.
“I had no hesitation. None. But in a transfer there’s always a period of analysis and negotiations. All sides had to be satisfied so that things could develop smoothly.
“I’m going there to play, not to be on the bench. Arsenal love the game. And I love teams that love the game.
“The Premier League is a notch above. It’s maybe the best league in the world. I want to live that sensation.”
Tottenham were also keen on aquiring the services of Gervinho, but Champions League football was too hard an offer to turn down. He is set to put pen to paper to complete a four year deal worth £60,000 a week.
His arrival to the Emirates could signal the already imminent departure of Nicklas Bendtner, who is interesting numerous clubs, namely from Germany and Portugal.