Arsenal winger Gervinho wants to follow in the footsteps of club legend Robert Pires, as he embarks upon his second season with the Gunners.
The 25-year-old forward made 34 appearances for Arsenal last season (25 in the league) and found problems adjusting with the physical nature of the League.
Robert Pires, who made 189 appearances for Arsenal, took time to adapt to the rugged nature of the league. But in his second season, his contribution was immense as Arsenal won the Double while the Frenchman bagged “Footballer of the Year” award.
The Ivorian international is looking to draw some inspiration from his predecessors, wants to raise his game and win trophies for the club.
“You should always look at these examples from the past,” Gervinho told Arsenal Player. “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.
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