The Ivory Coast forward (right) finally completed his long-anticipated £11m move from French Double winners Lille yesterday. And he admitted linking up with Wenger, who helped launch the careers of his compatriots Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue, was a big factor.
“I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Arsene Wenger. I came here because I believe that he can improve my game and help me reach another level,” he said.
“I’ve always dreamed to play for this club. It’s one of the most beautiful days of my life.”
Wenger, who faces a battle to hold onto stars Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, hailed the versatility of Gervinho, who scored 18 and led the assists charts last term.
“He can play on the right, left and through the middle,” said Wenger. “He has qualities that I find important.”
Brazil midfielder Denilson, meanwhile, is moving back to former club Sao Paulo on loan.