The most remarkable performance in an Arsenal shirt against Reading yesterday, for me, was Gervinho. The Ivorian was like a different player to the one we saw earlier in the season, after his initial spurt of goals dried up. Before the game, Arsene Wenger had suggested that there could be a number of players offloaded in the summer, and it seems like Gervinho is keen to stay.
“What is important is to look at how we finish the season, how well we play, and make the decisions about who we buy and who we sell at the end of the season,” declared Wenger.
“This will be influenced by how well we play in our last nine games.”
Wenger made a point of praising the performance of Gervinho after the win yesterday, which was not surprising given that he scored the opening goal and set up the next two. The difference in him was his attitude and decision making, and that must be down to Wenger, who knows what it takes to make a striker. Gervinho has always had good fett and technical skills, but often held it too long or shot when he should have passed and vice versa.
Wenger even alluded to his earlier statement in the post match interview, even though he dismissed the threat hanging over his forward. Gervinho must have been made aware of the transfer rumours and Wenger’s words, and he won’t be the only one. With Wilshere still not back for the next game at West Brom, Rosicky should get another chance to show he has still got it. Podolski will also feel he needs to finish the season well, as long as he gets the chance, and the defenders know that they have had their problems.
Hopefully, Wenger will keep all his players on their toes until the end of the season and ensure another year in the Champions League.