Arsenal’s Gervinho: I want to emulate Gunners legend Robert Pires
Arsenal's Gervinho wants to emulate Gunners legend Robert Pires as he embarks on his second season in the Premier League
Gervinho has revealed he hopes to emulate Arsenal legend Robert Pires at The Emirates.
The 25-year-old is facing a big season at the Gunners with the prospect of increased first-team action after Robin van Persie joined Manchester United earlier in August.
The Ivory Coast international has scored four goals in 34 appearances since joining from Lille last summer, and Gervinho wants to build his own legacy – like Pires – in the Arsenal team during his second season at the north London club,
“You should always look at these examples from the past,” Gervinho told Arsenal’s website.
“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.
“I hope to push on personally, also to progress with the team and to showcase my qualities. I’ve learnt lots of things, coming to a new club, being new to the Premier League. I’ve 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.”
Gervinho also admitted he will have to improve this season, with opposition defenders now more accustomed to the forward’s style of play after his debut campaign in the English top flight.
“I’m fully aware of that and I’ll have to give even more and raise the bar even higher after my first season here,” added Gervinho.
“I’m up for the challenge, I’ve got lots of confidence in my own ability and I know I’ve got to keep up my standards.
“I may have to change the way I play, mix up my game a bit, but as I said, I’ve learnt and can take a lot from my first season.
“I’ll relish the challenge and I really want to show the Club and the fans [what I can do] this year.”