Arsenal Forward Gervinho On the Verge of Emirates Exit

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Ivorian has found it tough going in the capital since joining the club two years ago.

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Misfiring Arsenal forward Gervinho should depart the north London club within the next two weeks, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.

The Ivory Coast international has only been at the Emirates for the past two seasons now, having originally arrived in the capital from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in July 2011 for a fee of £10.8 million.

However, in the intervening two-year period, it is fair to say that the 26-year-old has found it hard to hold down a regular starting berth up front for the Gunners, having registered just 11 goals and 13 assists in his 63 matches in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side, including only nine goals and nine assists in his 46 Premier League contests.

As a result, Wenger is said to have finally lost patience with the Ivorian and is now willing to listen to offers in the region of £11m for the centre forward, with the likes of European giants AS Roma, Juventus, Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille all reportedly keen on signing the player now that the summer transfer window has reopened for business once again.

And Gervinho was therefore not part of the Arsenal squad that left last week on their fortnight tour of the Far East so as to be given more time to settle his future.

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