Ivory Coast international set to make Emirates Stadium move.
Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Lille striker Gervinho today as the Ivory Coast international arrives in London for a medical ahead of his proposed €12m (£10.7m) move to the Emirates Stadium.
L’Equipe reports that 24 year old Gervinho will sign a four year deal as Arsene Wenger completes his first signing of what has already been a busy summer for the French boss. Arsenal have already seen left back Gael Clichy leave for Man City and are struggling to keep the likes of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas from forcing exits from the club.
Gervinho last season helped his Lille side to their first domestic title in over 50 years, finishing the term with 18 goals in all competitions, an improvement on the 13 he netted in his first season at the Stade Lille-Metropole in 2009/10.
Wenger has been keen to beef up his attacking options to help take the strain of goal scoring duties off Dutch international Robin Van Persie’s shoulders. Last term new signing Marouane Chamakh had looked like being the right man for that job but the Moroccan struggled after a good start and back up strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela still look unable to make a consistent impact and both could be offloaded this summer.