will be welcoming Gervinho back into the squad later this week.

The Ivorian forward has been on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations since the beginning of January and after the tournament’s completion on Sunday, Gervinho is now preparing for a trip back to London in midweek.

The 24-year-old may return in some dumped spirit though, after Ivory Coast lost the cup final on penalty kicks to new African champions Zambia.

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Indeed, it was Gervinho who missed the last and vital spot-kick for his country after Manchester City’s Kolo Toure had squandered his chance to put the pressure on Gervinho to score.

Arsenal’s summer signing cannot be too discouraged though, after it was his solo goal which too took Ivory Coast to the final. Gervinho even added more heroics on Sunday’s big occasion after he earned a penalty kick for ‘the Elephants’ which was wasted by Didier Drogba after 70 minutes of play.

Gervinho is now deemed to report to London this week, but he will be handed a rest by Arsene Wenger during the fixtures against AC Milan and Sunderland.

Thus, the former Lille man’s first game back is likely to be the home match against Tottenham Hotspur on February 26.

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