Gervinho hopeful for next season

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Arsenal winger, Gervinho believes his side 'can achieve a lot' and compete for silverware next year.

Despite winning just two of their first seven games, Arsenal finished third in the Premier league, securing automatic qualification for the Champions League next season.

The Gunners suffered a blow at the beginning of the 2011-2012 campaign after losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but came back fighting with a seven game winning streak at the turn of the year.

Gervinho is confident of Arsenal lifting their first trophy since 2005 when they beat Manchester United on penalties in the FA Cup final, and believes the club's young players will be the ones to help.

"Arsenal can achieve a lot next year," he told Arsenal Player. "This is a great team with lots of young and gifted players. When you go through difficult times you are always criticised but I believe we can get one or many titles next year.

"I am happy to see the Club where it is today because it was tough at the beginning of the season. I learned a lot going through hard times because it's not easy to join a club when it is struggling.

The Ivorian, who joined from Lille in July 2011, featured regularly in Arsene Wenger's starting XI this season and says that staying strong and keeping the faith helped towards a successful campaign.

"I never had any regrets - the only thing to do is to keep the fight to bring the team back up. The only thing to do is hard work - no pain, no gain.

"You have to keep fighting and never give up because hard times are only temporary. You have to stay strong, keep the faith and believe you are always the best."

With Lukas Podolski already signed and Jack Wilshere on his way back to fitness after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury, Gervinho is positive of a bright future.

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