By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger believes new signing Gervinho will make an immediate impact in the Premier League.
The Ivory Coast international joined up with his Arsenal team-mates in training this week and the manager has been impressed with the way the striker has adapted.
Wenger knows all new additions need time to settle, but he hopes the 24-year-old can make a similar transition to Marouane Chamakh, who enjoyed early success after moving from Ligue 1 last summer.
“He looks to me like he has adjusted very quickly,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Let’s hope it goes quickly for him.
“You never know, some players take six months and some players take two weeks.
“Don’t forget that we have him as well as Ryo Miyaichi, who has made a very good impression until now. We have Benik Afobe with us, we have quantity and quality offensively to make us very efficient.”
Wenger has also expressed his admiration for Gervinho’s versatility across the Arsenal front line and the competition his arrival will bring to the squad.
“He is a positive threat to everybody up front,” he said. “He can play on the right, he can play on the left and he can play through the middle.
“He is a help for us to be more dangerous, more of a threat. He is an addition to the Arsenal squad of top quality.
“Players like Walcott or Arshavin can see that more as a help because they know in some games you need variety. Up front is the most demanding position where you need to be fresh.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 22 Jul 2011