Gervinho may be on his way back to France
Rumors that appears to be music to many Arsenal supporters' ears are circulating surrounding a move back to France for Gervinho. First, a report from Metro indicates that Olympique Lyon (per Metro) and Olympique de Marseille (per 101greatgoals.com, h/t L'Equipe) are being linked with a move for the disappointing Gunner.
A move by Marseille for Gervinho would add more fuel to the speculation surrounding the potential exit of Andre Ayew (per the Express) from the French club this summer. Gervinho could slot into Ayew's spot and offer a creative skill set that could help Marseille's attack.
The report covered by 101greatgoals states that Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen on keeping the Ivorian in London.
According to the Metro, Lyon is looking for a possible loan deal for next season with a transfer fee to follow.
Both French clubs saw first hand the talent Gervinho brought to Lille propelling them to a Ligue 1 title. It was the skills showcased on French soil that made Gervinho a sought after commodity on the transfer market two summers ago.
Since his move to Arsenal, Gervinho has been one of the most frustrating players in world football. The pace, the footwork, and the one on one abilities have all been seen in large doses at times. Unfortunately the ability to finish even the easiest chances seems to have been left in France somewhere waiting on the train.
It has been this inconsistency in the final touch that has sparked a total distrust in Gervinho by a large contingent of Arsenal fans.
Both Lyon and Marseille have to believe a return to France could remedy what has ailed Gervinho the last two seasons. Perhaps a move out of the spotlight that shines on Arsenal will do him good.
If Wenger does let Gervinho return to France, the most likely move could be done in a deal that sees an Arsenal target come to London. Both Marseille and Lyon have players Wenger has been linked to.
Marseille's Nicolas N'Koulou (the Metro) has been thought to be on Arsenal's radar for some time. While Lyon's Maxime Gonalons (the Daily Mail) and Clement Grenier (ESPN.co.uk) are also being linked with a summer move to London.
Marseille may be tempted to cash in on N'Koulou's rising status as a defender, but replacing him would be difficult considering the firepower being lined up at Monaco and PSG.
Lyon is desperate to hold onto their young stars as well with the financial gap between them and the teams they are chasing. Losing one or both of Gonalons and Grenier will put a serious dent in their hopes of staying in a Champions League spot going forward.
Any of those three players would be gladly accepted by Arsenal fans into the Gunner family, but jettisoning Gervinho in the process would make them instant fan favorites.