Arsene Wenger thinks Gervinho’s game-winning strike for Ivory Coast will benefit the Gunners upon his return.
Gervinho completed his switch to Emirates Stadium in the summer but he is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
He booked Ivory Coast’s place in Sunday’s final with a fine solo goal that decided the semi-final with Mali and Wenger believes the nature of the goal is a sign of improvement in the winger, which Arsenal stand to benefit from.
“It was a cracking goal against Mali. They were the better side but he made the difference,” the Frenchman told the club’s official website.
“They scored only one goal, Gervinho made it and you can basically say he scored it on his own because he started on the halfway line and finished in a cool way.”
The 24-year-old should return to north London after Sunday’s final but is unlikely to appear for the Gunners again until the following week.
He has been in impressive form since his transfer from France’s double-winners but has been criticised for his failure to convert chances.
Gervinho has already provided five assists in the Premier League this year and looks a constant danger when running at defenders, but should have added to his total of four goals so far.
Wenger recognises the shortcomings of the speedy winger but was enthused by the manner in which he took his goal, taking it to be an indicator of an improved end product.
“Sometimes he rushes his decisions a little bit but I was very happy that he kept calm and finished in a very controlled way,” he added.
“He creates those dangerous situations but the coolness he misses a little bit. That can help him to do that. I feel he proved that with us.”