Gervinho finally a Gunner
After lengthy negotiations, Côte d'Ivoire star Gervinho has finally made good his switch from French champions Lille to Arsenal, on Monday signing a deal worth an estimated 12 million Euros.
"Gervinho is officially an Arsenal player," announced Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger on Monday after the 24-year-old Lille winger put pen to paper on a much-anticipated deal with the London club.
Though the Gunners' desire to snare the services of the two-time Côte d'Ivoire Player of the Year - and his to join the EPL outfit - have been clear for some time, Lille weren't about to part with their dazzling wide man without a fight, holding out for 12 million Euros despite Arsenal's opening offer of ten million.
Gervinho played a key role in Lille's league and cup double this season, scoring 15 goals and provding ten assists as Rudi Garcia's men held off stiff competition from Marseille to take their first honours in over half a century.
Straight to work
Gervinho passed the traditional medical test last Thursday, but Wenger opted not to include the champion of France in the Gunners' squad that has just left for a tour of Malaysia.
"He will start a training program designed to get him back into top shape as of today," said Wenger, who announced no details concerning the length of Gervinho's contract at the Emirates Stadium.