Alex Song has revealed that he already knew Gervinho would be great for Arsenal, with the 24-year-old insisting he saw the striker starring in Ligue 1 before he made the move to the Emirates in the summer.
Gervinho was hot property for numerous Barclays Premier League clubs when the transfer window opened in June, but the Ivory Coast international chose to make the move to Arsenal for a reported fee of €12 million.
And Song said that he had seen Gervinho play a number of times for Lille, and had complete faith that when the star arrived in north London he would make an instant impact.
"I watch a lot of the French league at home so I knew when Gervinho arrived that he was a very good player," he told the Official Matchday Programme.
"I’m not surprised to see him doing well here and I think there’s more to come. It’s not easy to come to the English league, it’s harder and stronger, but he’s getting used to it and I’m really happy to see him making a difference in games.
"Gervinho is a very quiet guy, not one who talks too much, but I think it’s normal that you look and listen when you arrive somewhere before saying a lot. I think he’s now coming out of himself and you can see it on the pitch too."
The Arsenal squad have taken some time to get over the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, as well as gelling with eight fresh faces. And as the Gunners get their season back on track and shoot up the Barclays Premier League table, Song said he can see the change within the squad as well as through their results.
"Our knowledge of one another is improving every day," he explained. "It hasn’t been easy because Mikel [Arteta] only signed for us recently, but you can see what a good player he is and I’m really happy to be playing with him.
"Aaron [Ramsey]’s doing well too, and we’re all still coming together and learning what works best. We’re all trying to help each other and that’s important.
“The more we communicate, the better we’ll get – if we’re constantly giving each other advice on the pitch then we can become a very good unit.”
And while the fully fit are learning to play to each other’s strengths, Song argued that as Arsenal get back their injured players they will only get stronger.
"Also we’ve still got Jack [Wilshere] and Abou [Diaby] to come back, which gives us a lot to look forward to in the midfield,” he added.