By Richard Clarke

On Friday afternoon, Gervinho was given the highest accolade an Arsenal striker can receive - the blessing of Thierry Henry.

The Frenchman, who returns this weekend with New York Red Bulls for the Emirates Cup, re-wrote the record books during eight stellar years in North London. But despite his American adventure, Henry knows all about Arsenal's new frontman and he certainly likes what he has seen.

“He's a good player,” said Henry. “I've known about him for a very long time.

“He's skilful, versatile and you'll see that, in one-on-one situations, he's going to kill a lot of defenders in this League.

“He's fast, has great vision and has everything to succeed at Arsenal. He is an Arsenal player and Arsène doesn't buy players who won't fit in his team. The fans will be excited by him. He can light up a stadium.”

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