By Rob Kelly

Gervinho says there is a real sense of belief among Arsenal’s players about the season ahead - and he is confident they will soon end their wait for silverware.

Arsène Wenger’s side were held to a goalless draw by Sunderland on Saturday, but that has done little to dent the optimism within the squad.

Gervinho is delighted with the way the team is shaping up after a busy summer in the transfer market and says it bodes well for the campaign ahead.

“There's great belief that we can contend for trophies,” the Ivorian told Arsenal Player. “This is important, not only for the players, but also for the Club in general.

“There is real hope that we can bring trophies to Arsenal. Every player is conscious of this and we're going to do all we can to achieve it this season.

“We've had a few changes at the Club and there's a good spirit among the group - we're all enjoying playing together. Everyone is happy and it goes without saying that the group is up for having a good season.”

Wenger now has wealth of attacking options following the signings of Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, and Gervinho says that could prove crucial this term.

“I know Olivier Giroud personally from the French league,” he said. “He's a good striker, he's really impressed me and has made a good impression generally.

“These new signings will help us move on and I think they are a good set of strikers.

“We've got lots of options in attack, but every team is different, every team has it's own players and every team has got it's own qualities up front.

“But the most important thing is that we've got a good strikeforce, we have to concentrate on ourselves, take care of our own business and I think that our attacking options can really make a difference this year.”

Watch the full interview with Gervinho on Arsenal Player now.

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21 Aug 2012