Arsenal seal deal for Ivorian striker Gervinho

Arsenal seal deal for Ivorian striker Gervinho: Arsenal recruited Lille’s 24-year-old Ivory Coast forward Gervinho on Monday as they bid to boost their firepower this season and end a trophy drought stretching back to 2005.
“He is an official Arsenal player. Gervinho has joined training today at London Colney (in England),” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told a news conference during the club’s pre-season trip to Malaysia.
In a statement, Arsenal said the 24-year-old would arrive from Lille, whom he helped to a French league and cup double last season with 15 goals in 40 games.
The arrival of Gervinho, who scored 28 goals in 67 games for Ligue 1 champions Lille over the last two seasons, comes amid speculation that top midfielders Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas could leave despite Wenger sounding confident that both would stay put.
Arsenal seal deal for Ivorian striker Gervinho British media reported that Gervinho, who generally operated on the right of a front three for last season’s surprise French double winners, had cost 12 million pounds.Arsenal seal deal for Ivorian striker Gervinho
Gervinho, whose full name is Gervais Yao Kouassi, moved to Belgium League side Beveren when he was 17 before heading to France where he played for Le Mans before joining Lille two years ago.
He also captained the Ivory Coast in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and represented his country at the 2010 World Cup, scoring twice in three substitute appearances during qualification for the finals.
So far, he has scored six goals in 27 appearances for his country. Forward Niklas Bendtner and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia have both been linked with moves away from Arsenal in the media.

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