Gervinho has learned quickly that a debut season in English football is as good an education as any in the game.

“There have been different things to deal with on the pitch and I think that my career has come on a lot since I have been here,” said the forward. “It is something I am really pleased with because so much has improved. Being here in England can only be good for my game and my career. I am happy with how I approached and came into English football and I think that my first year has gone well."

The Ivory Coast international was forced to learn the hard way after picking up a red card on his Premier League debut against Newcastle in August. Since then, however, the 24-year-old has featured heavily since his summer transfer from Lille.

Arsène Wenger included the pacy forward on a regular basis before his departure to the Africa Cup of Nations in January. He came to life in Ivory Coast's semi-final victory over Mali, scoring a superb winner after a mazy run from the halfway line. There was to be penalty shoot-out heartbreak, however, as his miss in the final proved decisive.

Upon his return to the Club first-team opportunities were more limited thanks to the starring contributions of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - but Gervinho returned towards the end of the campaign with eye-catching displays against the likes of Chelsea and Norwich.

With a full season now under his belt and plenty of promise to boot, Arsenal may well see the best of Gervinho next season.

“I can see the evolution of my career every day, every week, every month. I am doing my best to always stay at my top level and to keep growing. Even when I am going through tough times, I still believe I am the best. I never let doubts enter my mind. I have learned good lessons through this season and there will be more work to come next season. We are going to give it all next year to end up with a trophy."

GERVINHO 2011/12 season stats
Competition Appearances Goals Assists
Premier League 19+9 4 5
Champions League 6+1 - 1
FA Cup 1 - -
Carling Cup +1 - -
Total 26+11 4 6

The Ivorian forward was the driving force as Arsenal went in search of victory against Norwich at the end of the season. His mazy runs and searing pace caused the Canaries all sorts of problems and he played a key role as the Gunners scored twice in the second half.

11/12: Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Gervinho

Gervinho wheels away after scoring against Wolverhampton Wanderers

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6 Jun 2012