By Chris Harris

Robin van Persie believes Gervinho will be an excellent addition to the Arsenal squad.

The Ivory Coast star has agreed a move to Emirates Stadium and will join the Club soon, subject to a regulatory process. Gervinho inspired Lille to the Ligue 1 title in France last season and will give Arsène Wenger another attacking option when the Premier League campaign gets underway next month.

Van Persie has already seen Gervinho in action and welcomes the competition that his potential new team-mate will bring.

"I know him from the highlights of the French league," said the Dutchman. "I’ve seen him play a couple of times for the Ivory Coast and I’ve been speaking to [Emmanuel] Eboue and he was very positive about him.

"The things I’ve seen look great but we will have to wait and see how he adapts. Every new player that comes in needs time so he will need a couple of months to feel at home and hopefully he can play his best football.

"I think it is a good thing that you have competition. Everyone needs competition because no one really wants to go to sleep. I think in the ideal world, no one is really sure of his place. Maybe the captain and the goalkeeper but all the others shouldn’t be known before that they will play. It’s good to have competition and be on your toes.

"The way I feel now is that new signings are more than welcome, why not? Every other team is buying quality players so hopefully we will do the same. I think so [you need to invest to keep up]. If you look at Manchester City buying loads of good players and Liverpool is doing it now and Manchester United has been doing it for years. If everyone is doing something you need to do it as well."

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11 Jul 2011