New Gunner striker gets the nod from RVP

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Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has applauded the signing of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho from Lille, and welcomes the competition the new capture will bring.

The 24-year-old helped fire Lille to a domestic double last season - including a first league title since 1954 - scoring 15 goals during a memorable campaign.

And Van Perise can't wait to see the new recruit in action, with Gervinho a potential new partner for the talismanic striker.

"I know him from the highlights of the French league," said Van Persie. "I’ve seen him play a couple of times for the Ivory Coast and I’ve been speaking to [Emmanuel] Eboue and he was very positive about him.

"The things I've seen look great but we will have to wait and see how he adapts. Every new player that comes in needs time so he will need a couple of months to feel at home and hopefully he can play his best football."

The signing of Gervinho has bolstered Arsenal's attacking ranks which already includes Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Marouane Chamakh, Theo Walcott and Van Persie meaning competition for places is expected to be hotter than ever at the Emirates Stadium.

But Arsenal's Dutch master believes such competition is healthy in a team looking to compete with the big boys at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

"I think it is a good thing that you have competition," he added. "Everyone needs competition because no-one really wants to go to sleep.

"I think in the ideal world, no-one is really sure of his place. It's good to have competition and be on your toes.

"If you look at Manchester City buying loads of good players and Liverpool is doing it now and Manchester United has been doing it for years. If everyone is doing something you need to do it as well."

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