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Arsene Wenger: Gervinho will get better and better

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Gervinho was in fine form against Reading (©GettyImages)
Gervinho was in fine form against Reading (©GettyImages).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Gervinho will improve, particuarly when it comes to scoring goals, once he understands the secrets of becoming a 'big goalscorer'.

The Ivory Coast international has scored two in two games now for Arsenal as he secured the three points against Swansea City and then scored the opener against Reading at the weekend, before creating to more in the same match.

Despite performing well for Arsenal in the last two games, Wenger believes he is still yet to reach his full potential since joining the club from French side Lille back in the summer of 2011.

The 25-year-old hasn't won over many of the Arsenal fans since joining the club, but none of them could question his performance at the weekend, and after the game Wenger revealed why he thinks Gervinho's goalscoring record hasn't carried over from Lille to Arsenal.

The Frenchman believes that two successive stints at the African Cup of Nations has effected the forward.

“He finishes well now,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Much better than when he arrived and he will get better and better. But his finishing is linked with his psychology.

“To be honest he is not clinical however when he is completely relaxed he is quite good. He rushes his finishing because when he arrives in front of the goal he wants to get rid of [the ball].

“But you can gain experience and calmness. He wants to do well. He is a hard worker and, physically, you cannot fault his effort. Even when he had a bad period, he has always tried very hard.

“However, on Saturday, Santi Cazorla missed a lot in the first half because he wanted to always hit with his laces. At half-time he changed and just placed the ball then he scored straight away. The big goalscorers just pass it in and that’s what Gervinho has to learn.

“However for me the big problem in the last two years has been the Africa Cup of Nations. Every time he came back it took him a while to recover.

“But I thought when he came on at Swansea last week he was lively.

At Bayern he was lively and he scored the goal on Saturday which gave him confidence again.”

 

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