By Joe Brewin

Gervinho believes his first season in English football has helped him improve significantly as a footballer - but he knows he has more to offer.

New signings always require time to bed in - especially if they have arrived from overseas - but Gervinho has influenced his fair share of games since joining from French outfit Lille last summer.

The demands of the Premier League are intense but the 24-year-old is satisfied with his first steps in the English top flight.

“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,” Gervinho told Arsenal Player.

“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.

“I have adapted to the club, I have settled into the group and I get on well with everyone. We have two months left and it can get even better. But I am really enjoying it and determined to keep it going.

“There have been lots of good moments, but it has been difficult too. Coming to another club can be hard but each time I play for Arsenal it is special. I am happy coming to a club like this with such good players.”

Watch the full interview with Gervinho on Arsenal Player.

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