Arsenal Complete £11m Gervinho Signing

Emirates club welcomes Stade Lille-Metropole star.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the £11million signing of Lille striker Gervinho.

The 24-year-old’s confirmation as a Gunner had to be postponed following a problem with work permits but he has now been cleared to move to the Emirates.

The Ivory Coast international, who scored 28 goals in 67 games for Ligue 1 champions Lille over the last two seasons, is the first major Arsenal signing this summer.

Gervinho, whose full name is Gervais Yao Kouassi, moved to Belgium League side Beveren at 17 before heading to France, playing for Le Mans, and then Lille.

He has represented his country at both the Olympics and last year’s World Cup.

Wenger is hoping Gervinho, who often plays on the right of a front three, will add creativity and firepower to a team who have not won a trophy in six years.

“He is an official Arsenal player. Gervinho has joined training today at London Colney (in England),” Wenger told a news conference during the club’s pre-season trip to Malaysia.

The arrival of Gervinho could signal the end of Nicklas Bendtner’s time at Arsenal, with Borussia Dortmund keen on the £12million-rated Dane.

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