This is the season for Arsenal, says Gervinho


Gervinho has insisted that Arsenal can end their seven-year long wait for silverware this season.

The last time the Gunners picked up a trophy was in 2005 after beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final on penalties. Since then the team has lost in a Champions League final and two League Cup finals.

Arsene Wenger has brought in Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla in an attempt to bolster the Gunner’s firing power and have consequently been the focus of the summer.

However, many believe that Gervinho has been the most exciting player in the build up to the new season, and on Saturday against Sunderland, he looked determined to try and make things happen.

The Ivorian is confident that, along with the new boys, Arsenal can win trophies this season and says that everyone in the squad believes it.

“There’s great belief that we can contend for trophies,” said Gervinho. “This is important, not only for the players, but also for the Club in general.

“There is real hope that we can bring trophies to Arsenal. Every player is conscious of this and we’re going to do all we can to achieve it this season.

“We’ve had a few changes at the Club and there’s a good spirit among the group – we’re all enjoying playing together. Everyone is happy and it goes without saying that the group is up for having a good season.”

On the topic of new signings, Gervinho says that he has been very impressed with all of the squad’s new recruits and believes that Arsenal’s strikeforce is strong enough to put them in contention for the title.

“I know Olivier Giroud personally from the French league,” he said. “He’s a good striker, he’s really impressed me and has made a good impression generally.

“These new signings will help us move on and I think they are a good set of strikers.

“We’ve got lots of options in attack, but every team is different, every team has it’s own players and every team has got it’s own qualities up front.

“But the most important thing is that we’ve got a good strikeforce, we have to concentrate on ourselves, take care of our own business and I think that our attacking options can really make a difference this year.”

Matt Cotton



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