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Arsenal transfers: Gervinho flattered by interest from Marseille

Arsenal transfers: Gunners striker Gervinho admits he is flattered by interest from Marseille

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Gervinho admits he is flattered by reported interest from Marseille amid continuing uncertainty surrounding the striker’s Arsenal future.

The Ivory Coast international has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in Arsène Wenger’s first-team, with Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott preferred to the forward.

The 26-year-old scored five goals in just 12 Premier League starts this season, inevitably leading to reports the former Lille man could be set to depart the north London side in the summer.

“If I want to leave Arsenal, there will be plenty of takers, Marseille being one,” Gervinho told Ivory Coast newspaper Le Patriote.

“They are a big club, I can say yes or no, but it is always flattering to see teams interested in you.”

Last week, Marseille assistant manager Franck Passis confirmed the club, who finished as runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain last season, felt the
African would fit into their vision moving forward.

“This is a profile that interests us,” said assistant manager Passi.

“We want wide players, with dribbling, passing and scoring ability, and Gervinho fits this profile.”

Gervinho has scored 11 goals and made 13 assists in 63 Premier League appearances after completing a reported £10.8m move to the Gunners from Lille in
July 2011.

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