Winterburn expects Gervinho will join Arsenal, tells Wenger to buy English

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Former defender and Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn expects his old club will complete the signing of Lille striker Gervinho in due course.

The Gunners have been linked with the Ivory Coast hitman all summer, but Winterburn doesn’t necessarily think options upfront should be Arsene Wenger’s priority.

Winterburn is unsure about the likes of Laurent Koscielny, and believes the boss should try to bring in players who have played in the Premier League before.

He said: “It looks like Gervinho will come in and fill that centre-forward role which will make them stronger from a forward perspective, but then you look at the back four, it has to be strengthened.

“Laurent Koscielny, who I still think will be decent player, is very raw and was very rash with some of challenges; Arsenal need players who can compete physically and mentally with the Premier League.

“I think Arsenal need players who have played in the Premier League, they may even need to bring some English players back in to give them that mental strength they had in years gone by.

“Arsenal have to be really strong next season because some of the supporters have been voicing their concerns.

“And with the increase in the prices of the tickets, they want to see their team really strengthened and push the likes of Man United, Chelsea and, to a certain degree, Man City.”

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