Gervinho Signs…!

Although not yet confirmed by the club… all major tabloids and news sources have confirmed that we’ve now signed the Ivory Coast player of the year, the Brazilian sounding Gervinho…

Let’s check out what the loathsome Daily Mail had to say…

Arsenal are finally set to deliver a piece of good news to their fans by confirming the £11.2m signing of Lille forward Gervinho.  The Ivorian will finally be unveiled by the Gunners tomorrow after almost a month of wrangling with the French champions, and will jet off with his new team-mates on a tour of Asia early next week.

So if that’s to be believed, in absence of any official word from the club, then let’s presume it’s true.

Gervinho is confident in his abilities and unlike his French speaking fellow football player, Nasri, believes he can win things with Arsenal and is keen to do so:

“I chose Arsenal because it’s a young group within which I will be able to integrate easily. I could develop more over there. A risk? Not at all. I’m going to Arsenal to play. The best risk to take is to look to score goals and to play a lot. In football you have to take risks if you want to win. I’m going to Arsenal to win.”The Premier League is a notch above. It’s maybe the best league in the world. I want to live that sensation. I’m going there to play, not to be on the bench. Arsenal love the game. And I love teams that love the game.”

Picking up on the “I could develop more over there”, let’s hope when he has fully developed he doesn’t turn into an Adebayor or Nasri and seek pastures new when he’s ready for world domination… but having said that, listening to Phillipe Auclair on TalkSport (which is something I try not to do)… he was very positive about the player.

The points I took from it, were:

  • Gervinho is smallish, 5 foot 11, but has very good upper body strength
  • He doesn’t mind a challenge and tries to stay on his feet
  • His coach Rudi Garcia called him “the most influential player in one-on-ones in France.”
  • Gervinho contributed massively to Lille’s title triumph last season, its first since 1954
  • The player scored 15 times and had 10 assists
  • Only two players, Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba, managed the same in the Premier League
  • Rudi Garcia confirmed: “It’s those two statistics together that people fail to underline,”
  • He is played out mostly wide on the right of a 4-3-3 (from which his 15 goals and 10 assists have come from)
  • Doesn’t like playing as an out and out striker as likes to drift around
  • Is very good at dribbling

Gervinho started his career at Le Mans, and Le Mans technical director Alain Pascalou had this to say:

“When he was playing for Le Mans, he was very young and still had inconsistencies, but since he’s been at Lille he’s shown he is capable of playing at the top level regularly. I think Arsenal corresponds to his youth and his mentality and on top of that, you have Arsene Wenger there, who would be like a guide to him, just as Rudi Garcia was at Lille.”

Whenever we sign someone you know that the next thing to do is, don’t you…. A YouTube video…

Blimey, this boy looks good!!

Welcome to Arsenal Gervinho!

  • yemi

    Still watching, don’t forget that in our last 2 seasons the problem has not been the attack…..

  • jw

    Well, I for one do get frustrated quite a bit watching arsenal’s finishing at times. So many countless games where we apply so much pressure on the opposing team but just can’t get the ball in the back. oh and those damn goal posts! the video kind of spoils me a bit cause everything went in the goal, but it sure gets me pumped to see this guy join. I wonder how fast he is. Can’t wait for the season to come around and see him run out for Arsenal!

  • Domhuaille MacMathghamhna

    Yemi…..I disagree. Our problem since 2005 is that we don’t FINISH off teams when we should, despite often providing a solid defensive effort. Gervinho, IF she can adapt to the EPL and score 15 goals or more plus 10 assists AND work with Chamakh,RVP Walcott and Bendtner will be the best signing we will have made in this summer season. Why, because the best defense is a strong offense and with another striker like RVP and Walcott hitting the goals, we will win those games we tied or lost last season. Had we won only 4 more games and tied 1 of the 8 games we lost, and won 2 of the 11 games we tied we would have been champs. That’s just 15 points from the top!!!

  • yemi

    @ Domhuaille MacMathghamhna:
    I tend to disagree with you, We concede too many unnecessary goal especially set pieces.
    We we have ALWAYS being in the Top highest goals scoring side. But we usually concede more than other teams. check the stats

  • yemi

    @ Domhuaille MacMathghamhna: See what i mean in the tables ? We score high and concede high (I hope the tables come out fine.
    2007/2008
    Pos Club P W D L F A GD PT
    =============================================================================
    1 Man Utd 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87
    2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
    3 Arsenal 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83
    4 Livpool 38 21 14 4 67 28 +39 76

    2008/2009
    Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
    =============================================================================
    1 Man Utd 38 28 6 4 68 24 44 90
    2 Livpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 50 86
    3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 44 83
    4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 31 72

    2009/2010
    Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
    =============================================================================
    1 Chelsea 38 27 5 6 103 32 71 86
    2 Man Utd 38 27 4 7 86 28 58 85
    3 Arsenal 38 23 7 8 82 42 40 75
    4 Tottham 38 21 7 10 67 41 26 70

    2010/2011
    Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
    =============================================================================
    1 Man Utd 37 22 11 4 74 35 39 77
    2 Chelsea 37 21 8 8 69 32 37 71
    3 ManCity 37 20 8 9 58 33 25 68
    4 Arsenal 37 19 10 8 70 41 29 67

  • edison

    well, Gervinho sure knows how to celebrate scoring goals.

  • afc4life

    Gervinho looks a quality signing.
    There are many times that Chamakh or Bendtner or even RvP failed to finish off a team and then we ended up drawing the game.

  • devday

    @ yemi:
    I think it’s safe to say that we have had some problems in attack as well as some problems in defence. AW didn’t really trust MC, CV or NB to play and for that reason our game became predictable and RvP became over used. Gervinho looks like a very good acquisition – I am very excited to see him in action!

    However, from a team point of view, a partner for Vermaelen at the back is very much required, and of course, a replacement at left back.

    I would love to see a winger and central midfielder come in, but maybe I’m asking too much.

  • yemi

    @ devday:
    Our game became predictable not because of personnel, but because of tactics.
    You know where theo will play, you know where nasri, arshavin, song, etc. will play. No plan B. Stifle theo on the right, bombard clichy with a fast skillful player on the left, try to win as many free kick or corners or even throw-ins close to the box, no one in Arsenal defence will know how to deal with it. Get in their faces and the become disorganised. Pack 10 men behind the ball and arsenal becomes clueless.
    Why cant there be a sort of plan be. I am sure fergie must have thrown arsene off balance when he played defenders. That is what i call not being predictable.

    Getting Gervinho is good, but if we use him as a wide player stuck to one wing without options, we will become predictable once again….

    If the defence hadn’t leaked 4 at st james’ park, or at white hart lane or at emirates against spuds or even against liverpool or scoring an 80th minute own goal against wigan or a 90minute equaliser against sunderland. The list goes on and on. You can argue that the attack coulda finished those teams off (and that is fair enuff) but the attack did its job of scoring a goal, the defense should do the job of not allowing an equaliser and it would have been 3 point taken.
    I believe that if our defense is solid, a 1 goal lead can be defended. When mourinho was at chelsea, they did’t score too much, but they didn’t allow too much in either…..
    Get ma drift dev.

    On another note, i am yet to see the Gervinho signing on arsenal.com !!!

  • Kodjo

    Oh i read on others blogs that Arsene was on vac with Dein Snr…..c’d be a good move trying to recruit Dein unoffcially is not a bad move seeing the current Board bungle seemingly water tight transfer moves.

    Oh i hope that Real Madrid make a move for Tevez….that would free Benzema up for a move to the Emirates…only if Man City do not demand him in return…or he insists on playing for arsenal and not get his head turned by the ridiculous wages being offered at Citeh.

  • yemi

    @ Kodjo:
    The DD vacation thing would be a welcome development. At least even if he is not being recruited, he would be able to talk asome sense into arsenes head

  • afc4life

    @ yemi:
    Yes agree!

  • Goner Get Ya

    Let’s just swap Cesc for Wesley Schnider, problem solved and it would stop him going to the mancs ha ha.

  • Vazy

    @Goner Get ya

    is cesc goes, i cant think of many i would want more than Schnider to replace him, unrealistic unfortunately, which is a crying shame

  • Vazy

    sorry that should be *if cesc goes

    damn typos!