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Monday, July 11, 2011

Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal have signed Gervinho

Gunners boss confirms deal as side prepare to begin tour of Far East, with Ivory Coast international arriving from French champions for a fee believed to be €12m

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the club have completed a deal to sign Lille striker Gervinho.

The Ivory Coast international, who notched 15 goals and 10 assists to help the French side to their first league title in 57 years last term, arrives at the Emirates Stadium for a fee believed to be €12m million.

Wenger revealed the news about Gervinho as his side arrived in Malaysia ahead of their pre-season tour of the Far East.

The Gunners reportedly agreed personal terms with the 24-year-old last month, but have spent the intervening period in talks with Lille over an agreed price.

Gervinho, who will not join the Gunners on their Far East tour, becomes the second summer arrival at the Emirates Stadium after the signing of full-back Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic, as Wenger looks to revamp his squad in a bid to end the club's six-year trophy drought next term.

The news could well constitute the final nail in the coffin of Nicklas Bendtner's Arsenal career, with the striker currently the subject of interest from Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon as well as several English clubs.

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