Ten quality replacements for Gervinho at Arsenal

Clyne Tackles Gervinho

Arsenal winger Gervinho could be on his way out of the Emirates this summer, as Ligue 1 outfit Marseille confirmed their interest in the Ivorian this week.

Marseille’s assistant coach Franck Passi said: “This is a profile that interests us, yes. We want flank players, with dribbling, passing and scoring and Gervinho has this profile.”

The 26-year-old forward has played as both a winger and striker under Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger. However, he’s failed to cement first-team status in his two years at the club.

As I’ve noted previously, if Arsenal get the opportunity to offload him this summer they may well be advised to do so as there are many available players who can fill his position in the squad more adequately for around the same price the Gunners paid for him in 2011 (£10.8 million to Lille).

Wilfried Bony

Highly-rated Vitesse forward with an incredible goal to game ratio in the Eredivisie.

Club: Vitesse

Age: 24

Nationality: Ivorian

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £12M

Appearances: 30

Goals: 31

Assists: 8

 

Adem Ljajic

Young Serbian talent broke through the ranks with Fiorentina this term with outstanding efficiency.

Club: Fiorentina

Age: 21

Nationality: Serbian

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £7M

Appearances: 28

Goals: 11

Assists: 6

 

Jozy Altidore

Young Haitian-born forward reported to have a release clause of £4 million – would be an absolute steal for Arsenal.

Club: AZ Alkmaar

Age: 23

Nationality: USA/Haiti

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £4M

Appearances: 33

Goals: 23

Assists: 5

 

Kevin Volland

Highly-rated German forward with great skill and finishing quality. Needs development but have an excellent assist record in the Bundesliga.

Club: Hoffenhiem

Age: 20

Nationality: German

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £7M

Appearances: 34

Goals: 6

Assists: 12

 

Jese

Future prospect for Spain. Has yet step up to the Real Madrid first-team but has exceptional potential and is likely to become a world-class striker for Los Blancos in years to come.

Club: Real Madrid Castilla

Age: 20

Nationality: German

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £7M

Appearances: 38 (Segunda Division)

Goals: 22

Assists: 12

 

Aleksander Lacazette

Another exceptional Lyon talent hoping to make his impact at senior level soon with France.

Club: Lyon

Age: 22

Nationality: French

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £7.5M

Appearances: 31

Goals: 3

Assists: 9

 

Lorenzo Insigne

Future Italian star striker – he can play left or right wing and possesses outstanding quality as a finisher. Similar type of player to Stephan El Shaarawy.

Club: Napoli

Age: 22

Nationality: Italian

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £10M

Appearances: 35

Goals: 5

Assists: 7

 

Jordan Ayew

Younger brother of Andre Ayew – both are fantastic prospects for Ghana. At just 21, he’s already made 10 appearances at international level.

Club: Marseille

Age: 21

Nationality: Ghana/France

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £5M

Appearances: 35

Goals: 7

Assists: 3

 

Bernard

Brazilian starlet – rumoured to be a target of Tottenham’s this summer.

Club: Athletico Mineiro

Age: 20

Nationality: Brazil

Position: Winger

Price: £10M

Appearances: 8

Goals: 3

Assists: 1

 

Bojan

Former Barcelona protégé – scored over 500 goals for B Team before making the step up and making over 100 appearances for the Catalans. Needs regular first-team football. AC Milan are reportedly consider a permanent deal worth just €5M.

Club: Roma (AC Milan)

Age: 22

Nationality: Spanish

Position: Striker/Winger

Price: £4.2M

Appearances: 19 (5 starts)

Goals: 3

Assists: 2

Would you like to see any of these players at The Emirates next season?

image: © ronnie macdonald

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