Arsenal Close On Gervinho – Odemwingie Latest

By on June 7, 2011

It is looking more and more likely by the day that Lille will be forced to let go their star striker, Gervinho, amid growing interest from the Premier League, mainly from Arsenal

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all fighting for the signature of the Ivorian forward, with Arsenal reported to be in “pole position”. However, for any chance of Gervinho joining Wenger at Arsenal, the manager would have to be willing to spend around £15 million on the 23 year-old, whose contract expires in 12 months time.

Liverpool have apparently placed a bid of £11 million for Gervinho, but Lille, who were thought to be prepared to sell their striker for only £6 million at the start of negotiations rejected Liverpool’s offer, and requested a £4 million improvement.

According to several news sources, Arsene Wenger has been impressed by Gervinho this season, as the Arsenal manager watched his target score 14 goals and assist 9 for a Lille side who eventually won the Coupe de France – the French equivalent to the English FA Cup.

Gervinho said he would decide his future after his country’s African Cup of Nation’s qualifier against Benin today, and now that the game is over – Ivory Coast won 6 – 2, and qualified for the competition – an announcement should be close.

Arsenal’s search for a striker has also led them to a reported bid of £4 million for West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie. However, that deal now seems increasingly unlikely, because of the, firstly the size of the bid, and secondly, Roy Hodgson’s adamant stance that Odemwingie will remain at the Hawthorns next season.

Hodgson has apparently offered Odemwingie a new deal to ward off Arsenal’s interest, saying:

“I’m confident of keeping our top players, including Peter. They have contracts and the club are not keen on selling.”

“We don’t need to sell players because everyone knows Albion are a well run club. We have no debts and we are not in the situation that many clubs are in, having to sell to match budgets.”

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21 Comments

  1. Jamie

    June 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I hate biassed articles like this. Arsenal are NOT in pole position to sign Gervinho. And there’s not even a mention of the favourites to secure his signature in the coming weeks. Gervinho is actually close on a deal to come to Newcastle. People just expect Arsenal to sign him, just because they are a “better” team. Absolute Ignorance!

  2. mike_greece

    June 7, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Actually Gervinho’s team Lille are the French champions…

  3. random hero

    June 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Until Nasri and Bendtner are sorted out I think Wenger should be focussing on strengthening defence.
    Ship Nasri off to Spain in a similar way to Alex Hleb and watch him warm the bench.
    A strong CB and a commanding DM to help Cesc boss the midfield are vital if we are going to win trophies in the coming season.

    • ubong

      June 7, 2011 at 4:46 am

      personally i wud’nt lov to see cecs in arsenal jersey again next season.he’s no more commited to the club again as a captain.look @ his face u ll read his mind.if wenger want to win anything again in his life as arsenal coach,he shud not like begging players to play 4 us.look @ vp vry humble but all this one season performers are the one talking rubbish.there are better players in cecs,nasri n clichy type who want to play 4 arsenal.who knew much about tv5?b4 he came to arsenal.there player like this.wenger shuld sign player like tv5 pls

      • random hero

        June 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

        tv5?
        sign a player like henry, vieira, pires, ljungberg, adams, petit, seaman or bergkamp…

    • Lee

      June 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

      Here Here

  4. John Barnes

    June 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Arsenal have problems. Fab and Nasri want out and IMO Gervinho would be crazy to board a sinking ship with an ignorant manager at the helm. But don’t worry Gooners im sure Wenger will buy some more cheap unknown French players. Thou I see Afellay or Bojan from Barca coming in as part of Fab’s exit deal.

  5. Daniel Edu

    June 7, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I really want nasri to stay at emirate so on that let wenger sign new players to enable the club move forward. I’ll still say it that Gervihno,Osaze,Cahil,Hazard,sakho,Samba and Downing are Arsenal’s best signing so let wenger stop dancing over it.

  6. festus

    June 7, 2011 at 5:35 am

    wenger shuld open d back exit door 4 fabrigas cos d message is clearly on his face. He wants 2 go. So y nt let him n get potential players willing 2 play 4 arsenal

  7. Adbeee

    June 7, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Cesc should be allowed to go. If fans are able to read his body language that his mind is in Spain while only his body is in London, what more with his team mates. Wenger is surprisingly forcing him to stay. Let him go and rot at the Barca bench and play Nasri behind the main striker. If Nasri is big headed, offload him too. He is not bigger than the club.

    • random hero

      June 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

      sell fabregas.
      make $50 million.
      sell bendtner.
      make $6 million.
      sell arshavin.
      make $10 million.

      get $20 million.
      buy eden hazard.
      get $10 million.
      buy alou diarra.
      get $8 million.
      buy chris samba.
      get $15 million.
      buy gervinho.
      get $10 million.
      buy oxlade chamberlain.

      doesnt take too many maths skills to work out what could be done.

  8. Obed M Obed

    June 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

    My lovely Arsenal fan please let not your heart be trouble believe in arsenal and also believe in wenger, in arsenal fc there are many things to deliver. God bless Arsenal.

  9. lawrence

    June 7, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Arsenal’s problem is Wenger.He is annoyingly too conservative with funds when it comes to buying quality players in the market.Rather he prefers going for underaged teenagers who are largely inexperienced.Untill he changes this retrogressive philosophy of grooming youngsters Arsenal will continue going from season to season without a trophy.

  10. papeeylo

    June 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    if we continue 2decieve ourselves 4rm dis speculation we jst tryin 2add a terrible heart disaster 2our body….wenger knw wat 2do let huge Omar 2inform Marco silva on twitter 2tel wenger dat buyin Gervinho and sellin player like Fab,Bentner,Nasir is it a progress or backward cos Gervinho is nt beta dat bendtner….pls we dont want Gervinho in Arsenal team is more or les lik Solomon Kalou. Pls wenger spend dis money 4God sake Damaio is dere waitin 4u it cnt cost u 15m Falcao,Benzema cos Nasri want 2c who wenger want 2buy b4 he commit his future 2Arsenal.

  11. maurice

    June 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

    cesc can go, ramsey it’s a good replacement for him, it’s too early for nasri to go, our team need’s a creative player. Players like him are scarce and expensive

  12. blackie

    June 7, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I agree with most guys wo say sell Fab He is gona warm the bench at Barca and he is injury prone all time leave him we have Ramsey back, Nasri wot leave he is waiting for good stars tu come. All said and done l want Wenger tu be more serious wat can Peter Omwe du nw leave such players, above all we dont nid many strikers cos we have a good record of scorers, we nid true first class defenders wo will du battle with our new captain Vermeluin, Cahill is good and try tu sign S. GIVEN for gk he is good. Hope WENGER you cut yo holiday for something big than tu sign those so called young future stars we need silverware now more than ever tried of being mobbed by others. GO GUNNERS GO

  13. Andre

    June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

    im a arsenal fan and a Cesc fan and i hope he does go, not because he is dis loyal or because he wants to but to get away from all you frail so called arsenal fans!! players like Cesc, Clichy and Nasri show more loyalty to the club then most of you. Cesc has been playing for us for nearly 8 years and your all saying you can read his face when hes sat injured on the sidelines, but what about when he’s kissing the badge and leading our time to victories over teams like Barca. Barca is his home club and i he could have left last season, the season before but he didnt and i believe we wouldnt have been the same club in the same position if he had. he should be sent of with good heart and thanks when he goes ‘HOME’.

    Chlichy has also been playing here for 8 years and has been one of our most consistent performers over resent years. he has always been happy here and during his contract ‘NEGOTIATIONS’ hearing so called fans saying he isnt worth it and to let him go isnt exactly gunna make him feel like he is wanted or valued at the club.

    Its the same with Nasri, reports said not long ago that he wants to stay, his AGENT says he had no desire to leave Arsenal which never happens. then all of a sudden his contract ‘NEGOTIATIONS’ (key word) are leaked and fans are doing the same as they are doing to Chlichy. player hold out for more money all the time its negotiating a new contract and its really none of our business. im sorry but if Nasri does leave i feel that its the fans who may be to blame.

    you are awere that players can leave arsenal and get 30-40grand added to there wages at different clubs. we dont pay players as much as the Man Us the Chelseas the Liverpools and the big clubs around Europe so an Arsenal player negotiating for more money is understandable.

    arsenal have offered nasri 90,000, he wants 110,000, if he goes somewhere else he may get 150,000. maybe we should budge on our offer abit LOL

  14. adeat

    June 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

    pls tell mr wenger to sell the fulking guy call himself cecs, and use some of the money to buy another player i think he has try all his best for the club.luke at his face u we no his engine is no more in the club is only the body dat is left but in other way try and put ur self in his shoe and feel how it is.

  15. coolio Ashaka

    June 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    for nasri and cesc, if arsené ‘ll not buy quality players i support their departure

  16. maye akintunde

    June 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    hi guys,we need to take things easy with fabregas,he loves Arsenal but if he has made up his mind to go,i think we should release him not to disorganise us next season,wenger should look for a good replacement,when viera left we didn’t suffer,but we need quality tall defenders,wenger should go to Belgium for that,Nasri pls don’t break my heart!

  17. Goonerholic

    June 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I wonder how Gervinho would sign for Newcastle United seeing that his team Lille are champions in France and he has stated that only wants to play for a team that’s in the Champions League. Why would a player move from a top team to a lower ranked team? I think the ideas of the Newcastle fan are misplaced and all indications are that he has signed for Arsenal already. Time will tell however.

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