Gervinho happy to settle for third

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Arsenal striker Gervinho maintains that third place in the Premier League would be a good return for the Gunners this season.


Arsenal endured a torrid start to the season which included an 8-2 hammering at the hands of Manchester United, but have since recovered to overhaul rivals Tottenham and are now close to securing a top four finish and Champions League football for next season.


The Gunners missed the chance to tighten their grip on third place and open up an eight point advantage over Tottenham as they stumbled to defeat against Wigan on Monday.


Five points separate Arsene Wenger’s side from Spurs, who have played a game less, with fellow top-four hopefuls Chelsea the visitors to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.


Gervinho insists Arsenal are ‘happy’ to be in the top three, and says the club are not concentrating on the battle for fourth place behind them.


"We want to be among the top three. The whole group is very motivated and we are already happy to be where we are," Gervinho told Arsenal Player.


"We can still do better with the four matches coming. We are fighting only for third place, we don't think about fourth spot.


"Everybody is determined to fight until the end, from the players and the manager to the fans, to maintain third place.


"If we manage to keep it then everybody should be proud because we fought very hard for it."


While third may represent success in Gervinho’s eyes, the Ivory Coast international admits he is frustrated to end the season trophy-less after seeing the Gunners crash out of both domestic cup competitions as well as the Champions League.


"It is true that I am disappointed to see another year without a trophy,” he commented.


"I am used to getting trophies, but we tried and we went through a lot this year.


"We are happy to have reached that level. I hope next year we will do even better."

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