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Gervinho Signs For Arsenal In £10.6m Deal

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Arsenal have completed the £10.6million signing of striker Gervinho from Lille.

A deal between the two clubs were agreed last week for the 24-year-old and the paperwork has been approved.

The Ivory Coast international has agreed a long-term contract after playing a key role in helping Lille win the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double last season.

Gervinho scored 15 goals and 10 assists during the campaign, taking his tally to 36 goals in 93 appearances during two seasons with the club.

Like Premier League stars Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou and Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboue, Gervinho began his career with ASEC Mimosas in Abidjan.

Gervinho cited Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as a key factor in his decision to move to London

“It’s a great feeling to be an Arsenal player,” he told the club’s website. “I’m very happy. I’ve always dreamed to play for this club.

“I’ve achieved this dream now and I am so happy. It’s one of the most beautiful days of my life.”

“I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Arsene Wenger.

“I came here because I believe that he can improve my game and help me reach another level, but the most important thing for me is that I bring a lot to the team for whom I’m playing.”

Wenger was attracted by his versatility.

“Gervinho is a player that can play in a number of positions up front,” the  Frenchman said. “He can play on the right, on the left and through the middle.

“He has qualities that I find very important, like his movement off the ball. He has the qualities we like technically.

“He is good one against one, he is strong and was the best provider in the French league with assists and he scored 15 goals.

“I think he is a very good addition to the squad.”

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