Turkish giants Galatasaray have reportedly expressed an interest in providing out-of-favour Arsenal winger Gervinho an exit route from the Emirates in the summer. The Ivorian has failed to live up to his expectations with the Gunners since his transfer from Lille in 2011 and has made only nine starts thus far in the league this season.


The Daily Mail reports the Turkish outfit are willing to make a £12m bid for the forward, which will be used by Arsenal to sign Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina as competition for Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish stopper has recently fallen out of favour with Arsene Wenger after a series of poor performances and has been replaced by Lukasz Fabianski for the time being.

The report also states that Galatasaray have been impressed by the Ivorian's performance in the African Cup of Nations(AFCON) and believe that they will be able to extract the same form from the winger in Turkey. Gervinho scored two goals in only three starts in the recently concluded AFCON, but failed to help his team qualify for the latter stages as they crashed out to eventual champions Nigeria in the quarter finals.

Coquelin on his Teammates

Francis Coquelin

Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has revealed that he is learning from the likes of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere to take his game to the next level. The 21-year-old has not been a regular in the side for the Gunners, making only 11 starts this season in all competitions.

"I am improving every day and hopefully in a few years I will be at my maximum. But I still look at the players around me and realise that there is so much to learn. I look at Mikel Arteta's positioning and passing; at Abou Diaby and even players not in my position like Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere," Coquelin told the club website.

"What Jack is doing at his age is unbelievable. You want to impress everyone, from the manager to all the people watching you, to your team-mates and even your family. Every time I am on the pitch I just try to be as good as possible, " he added.