Arsenal striker told to match Thierry Henry

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Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould has challenged Gervinho to match the achievements of Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

The Ivorian striker opened the scoring for Arsenal last night, as Arsene Wenger's side beat Olympiacos 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Gervinho has already bettered his goalscoring return from last season. The former-Lille star scored just four goals last year, but bagged his fifth of this campaign against the Greek side.

And Arsenal coach Bould praised the forward's impressive impact, before challenging him to produce Thierry Henry level of performances on a daily basis.

"He's scoring goals," said Bould in the Daily Mail. "His confidence is sky high and his link play is improving. He's set up Santi [Cazorla] a few times over the last few games and he's a danger with his pace and movement.

"If he gets anywhere near Thierry Henry we'll take that all day long."

Gervinho has remarkably scored his five goals from just five shots on target so far this season, and the Ivorian winger is benefitting from a new role up front.

Arsene Wenger revealed he decided Gervinho could play through the middle during pre-season, and the Arsenal boss's decision has paid dividends this year.

New signing Lukas Podolski also got on the scoresheet against Olympiacos, while Aaron Ramsey completed the scoring late on for the Gunners. New-boy Olivier Giroud got on the pitch late on after starting on the bench, and set up Ramsey for the Welshman's well-taken goal.

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