Arsenal reaches Gervinho deal

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Arsenal have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Lille for Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, subject to "a regulatory process".

Gervinho, 24, has been heavily linked with a transfer to the Emirates in recent weeks and now looks set to complete the move in the coming days.

A statement on the Premier League club's website read: "Arsenal Football Club announces that Ivory Coast international forward Gervinho will shortly join the Gunners, subject to a regulatory process."


The Ivorian scored 15 goals and was instrumental in Lille winning the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double last season. He has also represented his country on 27 occasions, including at the 2010 World Cup, scoring six times.

Gervinho has links to new Arsenal team-mate and compatriot Emmanuel Eboue as the two came through the same youth academy in their native country.

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