Transfers: What Can Gervinho Do For Arsenal?
Name: Kouassi Gervais Yao Gervinho
Height: 5′ 8″
2010/2011 stats: 34 games 14 goals and 10 assists
It has been heavily rumored over the last few weeks that Lille forward Gervinho would be leaving his club for England. Earlier this week it was also revealed by a journalist on Twitter that Arsenal would announcing a signing this coming week. He also revealed that this signing would be Gervinho. Which brings up many questions like…is this even true? What role would Gervinho play? How would he fit into Arsenal’s system? What can Gervinho do for Arsenal?
Well I don’t know if its true but I do hope it is. Gervinho has some exceptional skills that can help Arsenal to some silverware next year. Firstly, I know for a fact that over half of all fans sit in front of their t.v. or at the game scream “SHOOT THE BALL!” Well in 35 games, Gervinho took 88 shots, 41 were on goal so he’s not afraid to shoot.
We all know that Niklas Bendtner is on his way out and Gervinho is actually the perfect replacement! In the last few years we’ve heard complaints from Nik on his positioning and being put out wide instead of in the middle. Gervinho on the other hand is very good at both the wing and in the middle. He’s very fast, very skilled on the ball and is a good team player!
He helped lead his team to a Ligue 1 championship and contributed nicely with 14 goals and 10 assists. Not bad and just imagine what he can do playing with Van Persie, Fabregas, or Nasri behind him. Or if you like, Van Persie up top, Walcott and Gervinho at the wings. If he assumes what Bendtner left behind, then he will be very valuable for rotation with our busy schedule and his versatility up front can help him rotate for any of the forwards.
The only thing that could be concerning for Gervinho is his size and lack of experience. Although he won the league with Lille this year, he has never been involved in Champions League or Europa league play and has 2 games experience in the World Cup. This is definitely the kind of forward we need, he’s fast, plays well with his teammates, has passion, and loves to shoot! What do you think? Is there anything else Gervinho can add to the Gunners? Tell me what you think!