Will anyone be sorry to see Gervinho go?

Gervinho hasn’t exactly set the world alight since his move to Arsenal, which has seen him frustrate Gunners fans in a variety of ways.

The Ivory Coast international scored five times last season in 18 appearances, which is not the sort of strike rate that Arsenal fans have come to expect from their attacking squad players, as they strive to try and break the dominance of the two Manchester clubs.

Last season did include that spell away at the Africa Cup of Nations but reports are surfacing that Lyon are interested in a long term loan deal and not many Arsenal fans will care if he heads out of the Emirates.

With a high profile deal for Clement Grenier still on the cards, Arsenal may have to approve this loan deal to give that transfer a greater chance of happening or they may have to include it as part of that deal.

It will be a big blow to Gervinho’s chances of earning a longer contract at the Gunners because with just two years left to run on his current deal, if he’s being loaned out, it increases the chances the club will sell him.

Had this been another member in Arsenal’s attacking trio of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott then it would have been a much harder deal for fans to get their heads around.

However, Gervinho is by no means first choice and he may jump at the chance to go back to a French club where he can play up top as a centre forward as opposed to down the left wing.

Arsenal need to make big signings this summer so they can consolidate in the top four next year and also mount a strong push for the Premier League title.

There is nothing wrong with Gervinho as a man or as an individual around the club, these rumours just seem to be surfacing at a time when Arsenal are looking to make space in their squad for fresh faces.

Ask any Arsenal fan if they would be willing to sacrifice Gervinho in order to make a Grenier deal more likely and there will only be a very small number who would rather retain the Ivory Coast international.

This speculation would have created a lot more hard feeling among Arsenal fans had it arrived just after a season where Arsenal hadn’t finished in the top four, securing Champions League football.

The fact they were still good enough to make that happen with a limited impact from Gervinho means it’s not a great loss and one they can compensate for.

Arsenal seem to have been fending off interest from several Turkish clubs for Gervinho for a while, so they need to try and work this Lyon deal to their advantage but the point remains that few will be sad to see him leave and do an Andre Santos.

Will Gervinho be a big miss to the club?

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