Arsenal striker Gervinho is confident that he can become the club’s greatest ever signing by beating Thierry Henry, Ian Wright and Cesc Fabregas.
Gervinho joined the club in July 2011, and since then, he has struggled to earn a spot in the starting-eleven for Arsenal. He made only 19 appearances in his first season.
He started his career at Arsenal on a high note when he scored five goals in seven matches, but he quickly lost his place to Theo Walcott.
“I want to be here for a long time, do better than all the other players that came here,” he told Goal.com.
“I’m not thinking about going somewhere else for the moment. I’m in one of the best clubs in the world. I’ve got one of the best managers in the world. I’ve always wanted to be here. I think long-term, not short-term.
“But to mention the club and the fans, you never know. But for the moment, I’m here for the long term.”
Arsenal is still struggling to do well in the Barclay’s Premier League as they are currently at sixth position, but Gervinho claims that the club atmosphere remains positive.
“It’s never easy when your team is having a hard time,” he added.
“We try not to think about it too much after every game when things are bad. We are responsible for whatever happens to the club. The atmosphere in the locker room is good. We try to keep our heads cool and our chins up to win every weekend.
“Sometimes it works better than others but you have to focus on the positive side so for that next game you still have the right state of mind. We’ve been through some tough periods in the league, but every time we have managed to come back stronger and give our best.”
He was also impressed with the passionate football fans in England.
“The passion the British people have for football… they live for football,” he said. “Whatever difficulty their club is having the supporters are always behind it, they don’t give up, they travel away with the team. My most striking image is this passion people have for football.”
Compiled by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)