Gervinho set to complete £7m move from Arsenal to Roma

Arsenal forward Gervinho looks set to leave Arsenal for Roma after arriving in the Italian capital earlier today.

The Ivory Coast international was pictured at Fiumicino Airport in Rome as he prepares to complete a permanent move, believed to be worth £6.9million.

The deal is part of Arsene Wenger's overhaul of the club's forward-line, with Marouane Chamakh close to the exit door and Nicklas Bendtner made available.

Following his side's 2-2 draw with Napoli in the opening game of the Emirates Cup, Wenger said: 'Gervinho we are at the moment close to an agreement with a club where he should go.

'Bendtner we are nowhere. At the moment he is completely here. Chamakh might go somewhere, it will be decided in the next 48 hours. [They are] permanent moves.'

Signed from French side Lille for £11.2million in the summer of 2011, Gervinho was sent off on his debut at Newcastle before establishing himself in Wenger's team.

Following a promising first season, he managed just 18 appearances last term after struggling for form and fitness.

The 26-year-old will now undergo a medical at the club's training ground before joining up with manager Rudi Garcia, who he worked with at Lille.

On arriving in Rome, Gervinho told La Gazzetta dello Sport: 'I'm very happy, it was my dream.'


It took Monsieur Wenger this long to realize Gerivinho doesnt fit into Arsenal/EPL?. Good riddance IMO. Come to think of it, Wenger is only selling but not buying?!