Arsenal continue to look at transfer targets to make the squad better, but they first must complete sales of outgoing players, starting with Gervinho.
The 26-year-old forward struggled to get onto the pitch last season, only making 12 starts with just six more appearances as a substitute. In league play, he only scored five goals with three assists.
After totaling 14 goals with 10 assists for Lille in Ligue 1 two years ago, Gervinho's production for Arsenal has been relatively disappointing.
However, it seems as though his time with the English Premier League club is coming to an end. According to John Cross of Mirror Football:
Arsenal forward Gervinho will sort out his future in the next fortnight – but is likely to leave the Emirates. Roma, Juventus, Lyon and Marseille have all made enquiries for the Ivory Coast forward who has enjoyed mixed fortunes at Arsenal in the two years since his £11million move from Lille.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail previously reported that Roma were interested in bringing the Ivory Coast national to Italy for £7 million. The club's current manager, Rudi Garcia, coached Gervinho when the two were at Lille.
This is certainly a different mindset compared to what Gervinho was saying at the end of the season.
According to ESPN, he had this to say in May:
I have a contract until 2015 with Arsenal and I intend to honour it. There is always speculation in the papers, but I am looking forward to a good holiday and then to come back to Arsenal. I want to win my place in the starting line-up week in, week out.
However, this reported change of heart would be great for all parties.
It is clear that Gervinho's role on Arsenal is not what he would want it to be. He played in less than half of the club's Premier League matches and has not proven himself enough to believe he will play any more next season.
Additionally, the forward was left off the roster for the preseason tour of Asia due to sickness. This could have been an opportunity to earn playing time, but he no longer has that chance.
With the club still looking to add another striker in the transfer period, there seems to be little room for him on the roster.
Instead, Gervinho should look to find a team that allows him a chance to get onto the pitch. That club would then hope that he can revert to the form he had while playing in France.
For Arsenal, this potential move would clear up roster space while bringing in more money for the transfer budget. Also, finalizing a deal sooner rather than later will allow them to get a better idea of what is needed going forward.
Arsenal know that Gervinho is not part of the future and he is barely part of the present.
With the player now indicating that he wants to find a new home, the club should do what it takes to complete a transfer and sell the player as soon as possible.
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