'Special' Marseille trip excites Gervinho

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Arsenal winger Gervinho can't wait to make his French return in tonight's Champions League tie against Marseille.

The Ivorian international moved to the Emirates from Ligue 1 champions Lille during the summer transfer window, and has enjoyed relative success during a tough period after seeing red on debut against Newcastle United.

Expected to start in the Stade Velodrome, Gervinho has made his teammates aware of the atmosphere they can expect to come up against.

“It's a special atmosphere and the fans really get behind their team there - it's a stadium where you really want to play,” Gervinho told the official Arsenal website.

“Arsenal are a big club and big clubs always want to play in the good stadia with good atmospheres and enjoy doing so.

“I always enjoy it and for me it's extra special to go back to France to play against a French team.”

L'OM sit top of qualifying Group F after back-to-back wins in the competition, notably dispatching Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in week two of the competition.


Gervinho highlighted goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and versatile attacking midfielder Andre Ayew as the player's to watch, and Arsene Wenger's side will need to be on top form to claim the points.

“Marseille are a great side; I know them well from my time in France,” he added.

“They have got good players from back to front - the goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is strong and Andre Ayew is a very good player too so they have plenty in their team.”

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