New Arsenal forward Gervinho is in no doubt he has joined a club going forwards.
The Ivory Coast international has now completed his move to the Emirates Stadium after paperwork was completed on a reported £11million deal to bring him from Lille. The capture of the 24-year-old is the first major addition by manager Arsene Wenger as he looks to arrest a six-season trophy drought and put together a squad capable of lasting the distance.
"I have always followed Arsenal in the Premier League. They did not finish in the position they wanted, and sometimes seasons like that happen - but we all know the potential of this team and hopefully we will do better next season," Gervinho said on ArsenalPlayer.
"I can expect a great season from Arsenal, with a lot of success and a lot of emotion at the end.
"I expect us to achieve our goals, and also in the seasons beyond. I hope the fans will enjoy watching me play and that at the end of the season we will have the opportunity to celebrate something great together."
Gervinho caught the eye of plenty of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham. However, once Arsenal's interest was confirmed, the opportunity to work with Wenger was too good an opportunity to pass up.
"I came here because I believe that he can improve my game and help me reach another level, but the most important thing for me is that I bring a lot to the team for whom I am playing," the forward said.
Gervinho accepts it make take a few weeks to adapt to the hustle and bustle of the English top flight, but is determined to hit the ground running when the Gunners kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle on August 13.
He said: "I know English football is harder and I might need a bit of time at the start, but ultimately it is down to me to raise my game and adapt.
"With the help of the team, I hope I can do that quickly. I will prepare well to be ready by the start."
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