I had to do a double take when I saw this story in the newspaper this morning, then I checked the date to see if it was April Fool’s Day, although that does not necessarily the story true. Apparently, the Turkish champions Galatasaray want to sign the Arsenal and Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the summer, and they are willing to pay £12 million for the privilege.
Arsenal paid under £11 million to the French Ligue 1 club Lille for him in July 2011. Gervinho had just scored 18 goals that season as Lille won the French title, but it is fair to say that he has not really replicated his form since coming to the Emirates.
He has shown flashes of brilliance for us, but not enough end product. His confidence is fragile and has taken a bit of a pounding in the Premier League, leading to the 25-year old’s disappointing tally of 10 goals in 57 games for the Gunners.
Gervinho has always produced for the Ivory Coast, however, including the recent African Cup of Nations. With his international team mates Didier Drogba and former Gunner Emmanuel Eboue playing for Galatasaray, it is probably his international form that has sparked the club’s interest, along with a few good words put in.
If this story is true, then Arsene Wenger must surely accept the offer, accept that it didn’t work out and put the money towards a new striker. Oh, I really hope it’s true, because after his comedy miss against Bradford that put us out of a realistic hope of a trophy, I have lost all faith with him, and I’m sure that I am not alone.