Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs admits first impressions of summer signing Gervinho point to a bright future for the Ivorian.
Signed from Lille last week, the striker made an instant impact on pre-season debut for the Gunners, grabbing a brace in the 2-1 win over FC Cologne over the weekend.
His efforts in training also haven't gone unnoticed, with Gibbs revealing the 24-year-old is a tricky opponent to face during small-sided practice matches.
“He is a handful. He is going to be good for us," the youngster told Arsenal.com.
“I saw some videos of him when he signed so I knew what he was capable of. For anyone to do that on their debut shows that he has come here to do something.
“We have had some new faces come in and they are settling in quite quickly. Gervinho has come in and Carl [Jenkinson] has done well.”
Gibbs' comments come just days after Theo Walcott paid tribute to the forward, who can also play in the wide areas should Arsene Wenger wish to play the now favoured 4-3-3 formation.
The England international felt Gervinho was a 'breath of fresh air' at the Emirates, and is tipping the former Le Mans star to hit the goal trail for the Gunners.
“[Gervinho] will be a breath of fresh air I think. He looks a great talent," Walcott told the official website.
“You can tell he can bring goals, he has got plenty of pace about him and he is very comfortable on the ball. I am looking forward to playing with him.
“You don’t want to put too much pressure on him but I am sure he can deal with that.”