GERVINHO: WE CAN STILL WIN TROPHIES
Gervinho is convinced Arsenal's long wait for a trophy can come to an end next season, but admits the club will be in a much weaker position to do so if they lose captain Robin van Persie.
Arsenal have undergone the most up and down season since Arsene Wenger took charge of the club 16 years ago.
The Londoners, who have not lifted a trophy since 2005, started horribly, winning just once in their opening five games at the start of the season - a sequence that included a humiliating 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United in August.
An inconsistent spell at the turn of the year gave more fuel to the argument the Gunners were a spent force, but seven straight Barclays Premier League wins have quashed that theory and Wenger's team now sit three points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham with eight games remaining.
Gervinho, a £10.5million summer signing from Lille, admits he found it tough to adapt to the team following the damaging departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but is now settled within the Arsenal squad and is brimming with confidence about the Gunners' chances of winning a trophy next year.
He told Arsenal Player: "We can still win lots of trophies and we can do great things in the future. We have a bright future because this is a good club.
"We are all still young, we have got some good players here, a good group.
"We have been through a lot of difficult times this season, lots of people have wavered in their belief of us.
"They have said this and they have said that, but we have returned to form and now we are going to try to finish the season well."
Wenger had to sell Nasri, a key figure in the club's last campaign, to Manchester City last summer after he made it clear he would not extend his contract beyond 2012.
Arsenal may face a similar predicament at the end of this season as City have declared their interest in Robin van Persie, whose deal expires next year.
The Dutchman has been in sensational form this year, scoring 34 goals to help drag the Gunners back from the abyss and Gervinho thinks the north London club need to hang on to the striker.
"The standout player for me this year has been Robin van Persie," Gervinho said.
"You can see his class with his finishing, how he leads the group, and with his experience.
"He is a player who has grown in to the role of captain and is the sort of player you need during the hard times."
A debut dismissal aside, Gervinho slotted in to the Arsenal team well following his transfer, but he has found starts hard to come by recently following the excellent form of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Nevertheless, the Ivory Coast forward thinks his game has improved while he has been at the Emirates Stadium thanks to the presence of the club's star players like Van Persie.
"I think I have come on a lot," he said.
"The English game is different in many ways to what I experienced before in the Ivory Coast and in France and Belgium.
"It's something I am really pleased with. So much has improved. Being here in England can only be good for my game and my career."
Meanwhile, midfielder Denilson wants to extend his loan at Sao Paulo beyond this summer, according to the Brazilian club's vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes.
Lopes claims to have been in discussions with the Londoners about keeping the 24-year-old midfielder for another year.
"Our conversation was that we have every interest in things continuing the way they are," he was quoted as saying on Brazilian website Futnet.
"We want to renew at the end of the season and he said he wants to too. There is no hurry, though."
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