Gervinho aiming for Henry heights

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Arsenal summer signing Gervinho has set the bar very high for his time at the Emirates – the Ivory Coast international is hoping to emulate the legendary Thierry Henry.

Henry is considered to be one of the best foreign strikers to ever play in the Barclays Premier League, with the now USA-based star scoring 174 goals for the Gunners.

And while Gervinho has made a great debut for Arsenal since signing this summer, scoring both goals in the side’s 2-1 friendly win over Cologne, the 24-year-old has some big ambitions for his time with the London club.

"I want to use my time here at Arsenal to develop my strengths," Gervinho said.

"I know English football is harder and I might need a bit of time at the start, but ultimately it is down to me to raise my game and adapt.

"With the help of the team, I hope I can do that quickly. I will prepare well to be ready by the start.

"Regarding my position, I feel really comfortable in any position up front. The most important thing is that I bring a lot to the team wherever I am playing. My idol has always been Thierry Henry."


Gervinho has also heaped praise on Arsene Wenger, who worked hard to get the Lille star to the club during the summer transfer window.

He added: “When you are young, you always want to improve, to work with great managers - and Arsene Wenger is one of the best in the world.

"I think that with him, I will become a much better player, and he was very important in my choice to sign here.

"I came here because I believe that he can improve my game and help me reach another level, but the most important thing for me is that I bring a lot to the team for whom I am playing."

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