Arsenal: Was Gervinho the second best option after Neymar ?

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger wanted to bring in Neymar in the summer of 2011 except that the Brazilian club Santos claimed 44 million euros, a big amount of money that the Gunners were not ready to spend.

Thus, Arsenal were the big losers of the player, who was then 19 years old. Since then, Neymar has joined Barça before landing at the PSG where he becomes the most expensive player in the history of football.

Arsenal then signed as Plan B and the Ivorian came for the amount of 12 million euros. Gervinho spent two seasons with Arsenal in which he scored 11 goals and delivered 12 assists in 63 matches.

Gervinho subsequently joined AS Roma in Serie A (2013-2015) before exiling in Chile with Hebei Fortune China.