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Arsene Wenger: Gervinho Has Adjusted Quickly For Gunners

Abhishek Iyer
756   //    23 Jul 2011, 14:14 IST

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given new signing Gervinho his stamp of approval and said that he can be an instant hit at the Emirates. The Ivory Coast international has been training for a few weeks now and Wenger was impressed with what he saw. He also expressed satisfaction with Arsenal’ offensive options in general, and believed that the Gunners were well-stocked up front.

Wenger satisfied with attacking options

Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Wenger said that Gervinho had acclimatized himself well and with surprising speed, and hoped that he would settle into the rough-and-tumble life of the Premier League quickly as well. He also paid tribute to Gervinho’s versatility across the frontline and claimed that freshness of options was one of the most important things a team’s attack needed. He said-

“He looks to me like he has adjusted very quickly,”

“Let’s hope it goes quickly for him.

“You never know, some players take six months and some players take two weeks.

“He is a positive threat to everybody up front,”

“He can play on the right, he can play on the left and he can play through the middle.

“He is a help for us to be more dangerous, more of a threat. He is an addition to the Arsenal squad of top quality.

“Players like Walcott or Arshavin can see that more as a help because they know in some games you need variety. Up front is the most demanding position where you need to be fresh.”

Wenger was satisfied with Arsenal’s bevy of attacking options, with youngster Benik Afobe and Japanese whiz kid Ryo Miyaichi also being added to the squad that travelled to Germany to play a pre-season friendly against FC Cologne.

He said-

“Don’t forget that we have him as well as Ryo Miyaichi, who has made a very good impression until now. We have Benik Afobe with us, we have quantity and quality offensively to make us very efficient.”

Arsenal play FC Cologne on Saturday at 2:30 pm UK time (7 pm IST) and Wenger will hope that Gervinho gets off to a good start with the club, and Miyaichi and Afobe continue their progress. Stay tuned for more in this regard.

Abhishek Iyer
24 year old, short term pessimist and long term optimist gooner. If you read any of my stuff and come to the conclusion that I know nothing about football, we\'ve finally reached an agreement.
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