Gervinho hopes to emulate Robert Pires

Arsenal winger Gervinho has stated he will follow the example of Gunners legend Robert Pires, and hopes to build on his debut season in England.

Against Sunderland at the weekend, the Ivory Coast international was part of a three-man frontline,  deployed on the left wing with Theo Walcott on the opposite flank in roles designed to support Lukas Podolski in a central role. With a 0-0 draw against the Black Cats, and a tough and entirely different challenge at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke on Sunday, it is possible manager Arsene Wenger will make line up and formation changes.

Gervinho, though, has every confidence he can build on his debut campaign in England with a strong showing this time around – just like Pires. Talking to the official Arsenal website, the 25-year-old stated:

“You should always look at these examples from the past. Robert is a fantastic player, very experienced, and I saw this for myself [when Pires was] training here. I really hope to emulate Robert Pires in my second season, hopefully do even better, but I hope to carve out my own niche of course.”

Gervinho, who signed from Lille in an £11m deal last summer, added:

“I hope to push on personally, also to progress with the team and to showcase my qualities. I have learnt lots of things, coming to a new club, being new to the Premier League. I have learnt to adapt on the pitch and, when I think back, also in front of goal. I really feel that I’ve come on a lot, I feel really good in training and I’m ready for my second season.”