£10m Gunners target 'will sign' at Emirates - reports

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Arsenal have won the race to sign Ivorian striker Gervinho, according to reports.

The 24-year-old Lille striker has been the subject of intense interest from Barclays Premier League clubs, with Newcastle and Liverpool also thought to be keen on signing the player.

However, talkSPORT claims that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has 'won the race' to sign the player, who admitted he would move to England earlier in the week.

"My mind is made up, I am leaving. I have made my mind up. I will soon meet the club and let them know, but they understand my feelings that I want to prove myself in a top league in Europe. My agents are moving things as I want, people know where my future lies, it is in England," he told SkySports on Wednesday.

After scoring 14 goals for the Ligue 1 champions last term, Gervinho's appeal appeared to have rocketed over recent months, with Alan Pardew thought to be leading the battle for his signature as recently as last week.

The Gunners have stolen a march in a bid to secure the signature though, and if the reports are confirmed then Arsenal will have added another attacking dimension to their options.

With Nicklas Bendtner poised to leave the club this summer, Wenger had set his sights on a new striker at the Emirates, confirming last month that he would look to bring players to the club should the 'right' players become available.


Gervinho's versatility has made him an even more attractive option to Wenger, with the Ivorian able to play either through the middle or on the wing in a potential 4-3-3 formation at Arsenal.

A further twist in the story has recently developed though, with a French media outlet claiming the player will move to Manchester City next week.

Neither Arsenal or Manchester City have officially confirmed the news, and clarification on the story is likely to come on Monday.

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