Gervinho close to completing Arsenal move

Lille striker Gervinho claims he is on the verge of sealing his on-off move to Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international has been one of Arsene Wenger’s top transfer targets this summer and it appears he is set to land his man.

Gervinho, who has also been linked with Tottenham in the past, claims only a few minor details need to be sorted before he can complete his switch to Arsenal.

"I chose Arsenal because it’s a young group within which I will be able to integrate easily," Gervinho told France Football. "I could develop more over there. There’s only a few details left to sort out."

Asked if it was a risk swapping first-team football at Lille for a place in a squad with more competition for places, the forward replied: "A risk? Not at all. I’m going to Arsenal to play. The best risk to take is to look to score goals and to play a lot.

"In football you have to take risks if you want to win. I’m going to Arsenal to win."

Gervinho insists he had no worries the move would happen despite delays over the transfer as Arsenal and Lille tried to thrash out a deal.

"I had no hesitation," continued Gervinho. "None. But in a transfer there’s always a period of analysis and negotiations. All sides had to be satisfied so that things could develop smoothly.

"I’m going there to play, not to be on the bench. Arsenal love the game. And I love teams that love the game. The Premier League is a notch above [the rest]. It’s maybe the best league in the world. I want to live that sensation."