Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for forward Gervinho after his influential performance in the Gunners' 4-1 victory over relegation-threatened Reading.

The Ivorian international started his first Premier League game for the Gunners since December and was instrumental in the victory after he opened the scoring and then setup two of the other goals.

Gervinho was unfortunate not to go on and score a couple more at the Emirates Stadium, but despite only scoring one, he still earned a lot of praise from his manager.

"He is what you want from a striker, dangerous, he scored and gave assists," Wenger told Sky Sports after the game. "The only regret is that he had a few more chances to score, but you cannot fault his performance today, he was absolutely outstanding."

A lot of fans have not taken to Gervinho since he joined the club and he has not won over many fans at the club, but today he has shown he is still capable of putting in a game-changing performance.

Talking to the official Arsenal website after the game, Wenger touched upon Gervinho's performance once again.

"Gervinho's performance was very strong," the Frenchman added. "He was always dangerous. He always looked like he could score. He gave assists and scored. I believe that sometimes Gervinho has lost confidence because he played in a very negative atmosphere during a period.

"Strikers need confidence, and [with] his game, even more. He's always taking the ball, going forward and provoking [the play]. Now he has found his confidence back, he's a very dangerous player"

"At the Africa Cup of Nations, for me he was the best striker. He is the type of player who is difficult to find because they always go at people."

Recent reports have suggested that Gervinho could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium, with Turkish side Galatasaray tempted to bid up to £12m for the Arsenal winger.

Despite ongoing speculation about his future, Wenger confirmed after the game that Gervinho was not playing for his future at the club.

"Gervinho did not play for his future, he was just playing for his club. That is what every player does. We are a group of players who want to go for it, and to go for it together. Sometimes Gervinho plays, sometimes Walcott, sometimes Podolski, but we can only do it if we all have the same target and do it together".


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