French club Marseille have confirmed their interest in Arsenal winger Gervinho as Arsene Wenger looks to trim his current wage-bill at the Emirates Stadium reports the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old signed for the Gunners back in 2011 for a fee estimated around £11million from French side Lille, but he has failed to sustain a regular first-team spot.

In previous weeks, Turkish side Galatasaray have been reportedly linked with Gervinho, but nothing concrete has come from it, but Marseille's assistant manager has confirmed that they are really interested in the winger.

Franck Passi admitted that the club are interested in strengthening their attacking options and Gervinho certainly fits the bill according to him.

Franck Passi said to reporters: “This is a profile that interests us, yes. We want flank players, with dribbling, passing and scoring and Gervinho has this profile.”

Gervinho’s spot in the starting XI has been effected by the signing of Lukas Podolski in the summer as it now means he faces competition from the German international as well as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

Since his arrival in England, Gervinho has only managed to score 11 goals for the club in a spell reaping little success. 

The news that Arsene Wenger has up to £70million to spend in the summer transfer window may also see Gervinho's first-team opportunities limited as well as it looks like Wenger will be strengthening his attacking threats for the new season and this could see the Ivorian fall further down in the pecking order.

Gervinho started the 2012/2013 campaign strongly scoring goals in the league as well as the Champions League, but after the opening month or so, the 26-year-old fell of the pace and lost his first-team spot and was mainly used as a substitute for the rest of the season.

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