Arsenal signing receives warm Chelsea welcome

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Arsenal forward Gervinho believes he is settling well into English football - thanks in part to Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou.

The Ivorian international moved to north London in the summer from Lille and is grateful that his countryman and friend has been in England for a number of years.

"I am settling well," Gervinho told Sky Sports. "It is not easy when you are new to a country but I have friends here.

"My friend Salomon Kalou has been helping me settle as well as my Arsenal team-mates."

The Blues winger has himself endured an uncertain period at Stamford Bridge, having been heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea following the summer arrival of Andre Villas-Boas.


But after a move failed to materialise, Kalou is now determined to knuckle down and work hard to regain his place in the Chelsea side.

Meanwhile, Gervinho - who has been serving a three-game suspension following his sending off on his Barclays Premier League debut against Newcastle - is hoping to return for Arsene Wenger's Gunners side when they take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park this weekend.

"It has been a stop and start season for me," he continued. "I took the red card and I am annoyed with myself.

"I have not played in the Premier League at home so far so thank God the waiting is over. I am looking forward to my Arsenal return this weekend."

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