Gervinho has admitted that he hopes Robin Van Persie stays at Arsenal for longer than his current contract, with the skipper currently in talks with Arsene Wenger over an extension on his deal at the Emirates.

Van Persie’s contract runs out with Arsenal in under two years, and if the club can’t come to an agreement with the Dutchman, Wenger may end up with another Samir Nasri situation where he must either sell his star or keep him and risk the player leaving for nothing.


Gervinho, who is a new face at Arsenal himself, has played alongside Van Persie through both lows and highs with the Gunners so far this season, and the Ivory Coast international believes that his captain will be impossible to replace if he leaves next summer.

"We always need our best players so a player like Robin, frankly, we need him to stay at the club," he said.

"It would give me pleasure if he stayed. I have just arrived and I would like him to stay so I can play with him a while longer.

"This is a personal thing between Robin, the coach and the directors. Each of us takes care of his own career and the most important thing in the dressing room is to talk about the team.”

Gervinho revealed that Van Persie is not just a star on the pitch, but in the dressing room as well.

"Psychologically, Robin is good for us,” he explained. “He is among the most experienced players on the pitch and when he comes on, he puts the opposition's defence under pressure and that helps our game.

"Against Stoke, he came on and scored two goals. He is an excellent player and the team need him.

"You always have to have leaders in the group and he is a player who drags the team forward. He is the captain, his role is to galvanise the group and he assumes the responsibility."

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