Jul 06

Arsenal close to completing Gervinho signing

Arsenal are finally set to complete the signing of Lille forward Gervinho, after weeks of ongoing negotiations between the two clubs are almost concluded.

As Gooner Talk revealed at the beginning of the month, Arsenal held ‘positive’ talks with Lille director Frederic Paquet but managed to hit a stumbling block over the excessive 13 million euro fee being touted by the Ligue 1 side.

However, a final price of £10.7 million was agreed on Tuesday with Sky Sports reporting that ‘only additional bonuses’ were left to be discussed ahead of the Ivorian’s medical on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m going there to play, not to be on the bench. Arsenal love the game. And I love teams that love the game”, Gervinho recently told FranceFootball.

The 24-year-old was a virtual ever-present for Lille last season, scoring 15 times, as they ended a 57-year wait for the league title. He was the only player to reach double figures for both goals and assists (10) last season.

Gervinho, who will sign a four-year deal at Arsenal, is only the Gunners second signing of the transfer window so far, and he follows Charlton and Finland Under 19 defender Carl Jenkinson to the Emirates.

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24 Responses to “Arsenal close to completing Gervinho signing”

  1. icegooner says:

    That’s a start!

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  2. damstars says:

    This is getting boring now….Next target pls Arsene..

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  3. Lee says:

    hopefully Cahill will be next

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  4. Sue says:

    gawd anyone would think the transfer window closes tonight the way some of you go on……you’re boring now!

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  5. Jimmy says:

    Yeah, hopefully Cahill will come too…..and hopefully soon

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  6. piken79 says:

    why is it demoralizing?

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  7. ProperGoon says:

    Even sue talks sense and she’s a ……Arsenal fan!

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  8. MothersMilk says:

    Yeah down with the moany shower of neg-end’s. Looking forward to seeing Gervinho in action for the Gunners. Welcome aboard, bro’!

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  9. GunnerMacedonia says:

    i`ve seen this title like 34939 times, i refuse to believe it. until it`s on arsenal.com, then i can be really sure

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  10. bc says:

    Only Arsenal’s 2nd signing, sorry who has made more?

    Man United? yes but they have already lost 6 players from their first team squad and only 1 signing is over 21.

    Chelsea? No

    Man City, 2 and only 1 signing is over 21 an Arsenal player in decline, and the other is an Arsenal trialist recently rejected.

    Liverpool? No, 1 signing so far under 21

    Spurs, No, 1 signing a 40 year old keeper

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  11. ADAM says:

    I lov arsenal, wenger is not buying anybody if this lazy plyers doesnt live stupid economic couch.

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  12. The Sky Is Not Falling says:

    I like the signing. Excited to see him play. In the few Ligue 1 games I watched he was a very skillfull, could see big things. I wish Gunner fans would quite whining about the lack of transfers, frankly, I think everything is playing out rather well. We can complain in a month from now if nothing has happened.

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  13. jrgoonar says:

    @properGoon
    Very good, don’t think anyone else noticed that joke. they are all too busy Dooming! Enough of the Dooming for eff sake people. By all means if we dont sign anyone else and fail in the league next season then join the AST and march outside the grove to get rid of Wenger but the window opened 5 DAYS AGO!!! calm down!

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  14. ter says:

    You know the difference between man utd losing pand us? Its that they lose players while winning things, and the youngsters play with them winning things, they play with seasoned pros and internationals, and know what its like to win trophies.

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  15. ter says:

    You know the difference between man utd losing players and us? Its that they lose players while winning things, and the youngsters play with them winning things, they play with seasoned pros and internationals, and know what its like to win trophies. So they are capable of bedding into the first team, and then future youngsters play with them, and the circle continues of winning. With wenger its basiccly play youngsters,let top players go,promote more youngsters,let them go, then get more youngsters, and not win anything. so thats another circle.

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  16. this is great player,but wenger please buy cahill and samba great duo!!!

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  17. harrison says:

    nice comment from bc there
    its only the 6th july the transfer window has only officially been open 6 days also demoralising only if you listen to the papers which puts arsenal having rid of every player and bringing in one or two its not going to happen half these rumours so don’t listen to reports listen to the clubs

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  18. Savage says:

    It’s a bit unfair on Gervinho that he comes at a time like this with such huge expectations, and with expected departures of huge players.

    Looking forward to all the hubbub settling down, so we can enjoy a brand new signing for the Arsenal! Welcome to the club, The Gerv!

    Did anyone see the story about how he got his name?

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  19. dg9 says:

    nice…now lets crack on & work on our defence & by doing that bringing in a left back & possibly 1 or 2 centre backs…Cahill & Samba…if we were to do that then move Vermaelen to left back…here’d hoping we get a few more players in…

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  20. Masanja says:

    if that is true, then nice signing, whos next?if we add the stoppers Cahill and samba,plus one holding midfielder we will challenge for the tittle next season

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  21. for midfielder there is eden hazard,who is possible to come after gervinho arrival,or if fabergas leave as!!!very good playmaker!

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  22. @Masanja:

    are you from balkan???

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  23. BzGunners says:

    So now what Arsene? Are you going to sign next manager to replace you?

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  24. steve says:

    you all talk about players coming in i would like to see some go like Manuel Almunia. Lukasz Fabianski.Denilson, Squillaci. Arshavin.Tomas Rosicky if we see the likes of them go then we know there room for better players to come in

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