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Official: Gervinho Signs for Arsenal

Gervais Yao Kouassi has completed his transfer from Lille to Arsenal today. The 24 year old Ivorian has signed a 4 year contract. The transfer fee involved is reported to be around £10.6 million. The talented Ivorian plays mainly as a wide forward.  Lille played in a 4-3-3 formation and Gervinho was used in the right side of the front three, so he wouldn’t need much adjustment as far as tactics are concerned. In 2009/2010 season he got 13 goals and last season he got 15 goals plus 10 assists, really good return for a player who plays out wide. The Ivory Coast international was the captain of his national team in the 2008 Olympics. He is said to be a very direct and exciting player. He loves to cut in from the right, but isn’t too comfortable playing through the center. Before completing this move he was linked with other clubs such as Newcastle United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. Gervinho though, was always keen for a move to London. In 2008, He was quoted saying

“I need to keep working and Arsenal will open the door for me. I have dreamed about that club. To play for them will be the best day of my life and I will do anything to play for Arsenal.”

He is seen as a direct replacement for Nicklas Bendtner. The big Dane is about to leave, as stated by Wenger, clubs from Portugal and Germany are said to be interested. He has pace and strength as well as technique. At times in Lille, he was overshadowed by Hazard, but people argue that Gervinho was the most important player for the French team that won the league last season. With his pace, strength and finishing he should have no problem adjusting to Premier League. He will also bring in good experience to squad. He is the first big signing for Arsenal this season, and with hopefully more to follow.

By Amlan Majumdar

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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Official Transfers

 

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Official Confirmed Arsenal Transfer: Carl Jenkinson

I did a quick article on him about a week ago, but here’s a more detailed one since he is a confirmed signing.

The 19-year-old defender has agreed terms with the Gunners and an official announcement was released on the club’s website today. The 6ft 1in right-footer has reportedly signed a four year deal with the club and will join the club in time for the start of pre season.The versatile defender is predominately a right back, fuelling speculation that Emmanuel Eboue could be on his way of the Emirates, with QPR and Fulham interested in acquiring his services. Jenkinson would be a welcome addition to the Arsenal team as he would provide much-needed cover to the injury prone and much criticised back four as he can also play centre back and left back. He only played eight games for Charlton last season after making his first team debut in December 2010 but Wenger saw some potential in him and wasted no time in securing the player’s services, after Manchester United has previously showed interest in the player two years ago. The transfer fee has not yet been confirmed by either club, however, the figure is thought to be around 1 million pounds. This is a big move for Jenkinson, who was a boyhood supporter of Arsenal and is very excited about joining up with his teammates for pre season, “I’m grateful to the club’s academy and all the coaching staff, so I’m delighted the two clubs have come to an agreement.”. He also thanked Charlton for the support he received, “I hope supporters will understand why I can’t turn down such an opportunity, but Charlton will always have a place in my heart,” said Jenkinson.”I will always be in Charlton’s debt for the training they have given me since a young age.” This is Arsenal’s first signing of the summer and fans will be hoping there are many more to come, after another disappointing and trophy-less season.

Carl Jenkinson

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Official Transfers

 

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