Gervinho just lacks goals

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Gervinho has made an impressive start to life at Arsenal, with his direct running and flair in the final third earning praise from his manager Arsene Wenger.

The 24-year-old Ivorian international has helped the Gunners cause in recent weeks, setting up a number of goals for his teammates - but with just two goals in 15 appearances, the one area of his game that still has room for improvement is his goalscoring return.

"At the moment Gervinho is a fantastic provider and he creates space for the other players because he always goes behind [the defence]," said Wenger.

"The problem with Gervinho is he is in the opposite position of Robin van Persie. He is desperate for a goal and once you are in that situation - well, you could see the other night he had the chance to score but he started to think.

"When you start to think you are already finished but for the rest his game is absolutely fantastic. He works hard for the team, provides, creates space and makes great runs and I'm personally very happy with his game.

"His goalscoring record was good last year and this year is a bit less but his assists are fantastic and in every single game you think he will score and at the moment he just misses a little bit but that will come.

"Overall his attitude, his work-rate, his technical quality, the intelligence of his runs is fantastic."

The Arsenal boss has seen plenty of forwards go through scoring droughts over the years, and Wenger insists he will do everything in his power to help Gervinho over this particular hurdle.

"For a long time you don't talk about it, but at some stage you have to say 'don't worry – try to be natural'," he added. "I spoke to him today about that, but he is not obsessed with scoring goals, it will come naturally.


"On the quality of his game he has settled very quickly. After that, the other aspects in the English game were where he had problems. He got sent off in the Newcastle game for a mild reaction after being provoked by Barton.


"He got the learning process of three games out and then the intensity of the challenges here is higher than anywhere else. He adapted quite quickly."

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