Arsenal confirm Gervinho signing

Ivory Coast's Gervinho in action during the 2010 World Cup Archive – Gervinho in World Cup action for Ivory Coast (UK only)

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Lille’s Ivory Coast striker Gervinho.

The 24-year-old scored 15 goals to help Lille win the French league and Cup double last season.

The Gunners are currently on a pre-season tour of the far East and manager Arsene Wenger said: “Gervinho has joined. He had a medical on Thursday.

“We sent him home for a couple of days because he has a family and children. He did not come [on tour] because he has not had a [training] session yet.”

Gervinho, who captained Ivory Coast at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, recently told France Football magazine: “I chose Arsenal because it’s a young group within which I will be able to integrate easily.

“I had no hesitation. None. But in a transfer there’s always a period of analysis and negotiations.

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“All sides had to be satisfied so that things could develop smoothly. I’m going there to play, not to be on the bench. Arsenal love the game and I love teams that love the game.

“The Premier League is a notch above. It’s maybe the best league in the world. I want to live that sensation.”

Paris St Germain have also enquired about Gervinho but Lille general manager Frederic Paquet did not want to “strengthen a competitor” by selling to a domestic rival.

Paquet went on to describe 20-year-old Belgian winger Eden Hazard, who is also thought to be an Arsenal target, as “untransferable”.

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