Gervinho sat down with Arsenal Player recently to reflect on the start of his career in English football.

The Ivory Coast star discussed his pre-season goals, his debut at Newcastle and his hopes for the rest of the season.

Click on the link to the right to watch Gervinho's interview on Arsenal Player. Alternatively, scroll down the page to read the transcript.

Gervinho, how have your first few months at Arsenal gone?
I'm really enjoying it here, my great passion is being here at Arsenal. It's a new challenge and the settling in has brought a few difficulties, but I've got some French-speaking friends, which has helped. It's gone really well and I'm feeling fine.

You scored twice on your debut against Cologne in pre-season. How did this help you?
I think that it did me a lot of good. Getting two goals on my debut was good for my morale, the two goals were good for settling in, they helped me find my feet on the pitch.

How about your Premier League debut at Newcastle? Was the pace of the game and the physical side a big surprise?
The game had both of those attributes, it settled into a quick rhythm, but I adapted OK while I was on the pitch. It was a good game, a very physical game and at a fast pace, but I enjoyed it all the same.

What is your view on the penalty incident and your sending off?
It was a big disappointment for me, of course, with the red card. The Newcastle players accused me of diving, but if you look at the replay and pictures, there was a slight foul. After the actual decision, I was very disappointed and it was hard at the time to take, but since then, I have put it to one side and am just focusing on the future.

A lot has changed at Arsenal since that match. Are you confident that the current squad can mount a challenge for the big trophies?
You always get comings and goings with players and you need to get used to it all and that's one of those things that happen at every club. From my part, I've come here and am happy to be here. I wanted to come here and want to win lots of trophies here. The players here are very good players, that's why they're here. I've got faith in my friends, I've got faith in the management of the club and these people are all part of such a great club as Arsenal. I've got great confidence in the team and everything for this season and for years to come.

You are a direct player aren't you? Is this something that comes naturally to you?
It comes naturally to me to a degree, but if you ask my previous managers, they would also say that they have encouraged me a lot as well. I'm an attacking player and hopefully this helps the team, it does come naturally, but a lot of my managers have tried to make me into a more direct player.

Do you think that you will have to adapt your game to English football?
I'm happy to be in England, but I've really had to adapt to the team and that's been the case from the start. Regarding English football, that will come in due course, but for me the main thing is adapting to the style of play of the team and I think that is happening as I get used to my team-mates.

We have seen you as a wide player, but do you have ambitions to play as a centre forward?
I can play wide, on either side, or in the middle, neither is a problem for me.

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29 Sep 2011