Gervinho hailed as a breath of fresh air for Arsenal

Gervinho goes past Miso Brecko of Cologne

Gervinho scored two early goals for Arsenal against Cologne, on his debut.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has hailed new signing Gervinho as a breath of fresh air for the club.

The Ivory Coast forward, who joined Arsenal from Lille in June scored, two goals within the first 15 minutes of his debut against Cologne on Saturday.

The goals helped Arsenal beat the German side 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.

Walcott, who set up Gervinho's second goal said: ''He will be a breath of fresh air, I think.''

"He looks a great talent. You can tell he can bring goals, he has got plenty of pace about him and he is very comfortable on the ball.''

Gervinho was signed on an undisclosed fee, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the player represents good business.

"I hope he'll be a bargain," said Wenger.