According to reports in Goal.com, a delegation from the Serie A club met with senior Gunners officials in London on Tuesday and will hold a further meeting on Wednesday to resolve the Ivory Coast international’s proposed move to the Italian capital.
Negotiations are understood to be progressing smoothly and both clubs are confident of reaching an agreement imminently.It is thought the fee for the forward is around €7 million.
Gervinho did not fly out with Arsene Wenger’s squad for their pre-season tour of Asia, which the club claim was due to sickness, although this conveniently allowed the player to stay behind to hold talks with his principal suitors.
New Roma coach Rudi Garcia has previously worked with Gervinho at French side Lille and is keen to bring the player to Stadio Olimpico.
The 26 year old flourished under Garcia at Lille, playing an important role in helping the club secure the Ligue 1 title in 2011 as he scored 15 league goals and provided another 10 for his teammates.
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In just two seasons at Lille he scored 28 league goals, but he has struggled to replicate this form since moving to the Emirates in the summer of 2011 for a fee of around £10.8m.
When Gervinho signed for Arsenal in 2011, he was expected to become one of the best forwards in the Premier League. Fast-forward to 2013, he is far from the best.
Gervinho has shown his mesmerizing talents in some matches but has failed to repeat this regularly enough for Arsenal. As observed, he is fast becoming a liability for the Gunners.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.
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.
With the rumoured influx of star players like Bernard and Luis Suarez, Gervinho is likely to be off-loaded this summer with many clubs interested.
Arsenal know that Gervinho is not part of the future and he is barely part of the present.With the player also 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.
What do you say Gooners?