Why Arsenal should play Gervinho over Walcott today

Arsenal are entering an absolutely crucial stage of the season, and Arsene Wenger has said that the next few games will define our season. With matches coming thick and fast in three competitions, the depth of the squad could be of vital importance in the coming weeks, and that is why I feel that the game against Blackburn Rovers today is the perfect one to bring back the Ivorian international forward Gervinho.

Before he left for the African Cup of Nations at the start of the year, Gervinho had fallen out of contention for a starting role with the Gunners, and his confidence had taken a bit of a kicking. Some very good performances and goals for Ivory Coast have restored his self-belief, and he could prove to be very useful for the rest of the season.

Wenger will probably want to rest a few players today, especially those carrying niggling injuries. He will wants to give the best players every chance of being available for Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. That probably means that Wilshere, Vermaelen and Koscielny will not be risked, but I would keep Walcott on the bench as well.

Blackburn are likely to defend deep, which will not leave much space for Theo to use his pace and get behind the defenders. Giroud, with his size and strength, will be able to fight for the ball and hold it up and link the play better than Theo. Gervinho can use his tricky feet on the right and cause Blackburn a lot of problems. It could be the perfect game for him to get his Arsenal career firmly back on track. He doesn’t need to worry too much, just try to beat defenders and get good balls into his team mates.

If he is doing okay but Arsenal are struggling, Wenger can always replace Giroud, whereas if it’s not happening for him, Wenger could replace Gervinho with Theo. His inclusion would offer a lot of options to Arsenal, and if he has a good game his confidence will increase again and he could be a very useful member of the squad for the rest of the season.

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28 thoughts on “Why Arsenal should play Gervinho over Walcott today

  1. DubGun

    One of the most frustrating players I’ve ever seen, but we should give him a go. He can look OK when it comes together but he has to learn to kick the bleedin ball at the right time. But he should be given a chance

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  2. Bob Dylan

    ————flappyhandski——
    Yennaris–mert—verm–monreal
    ———-ramsey—arteta——–
    Oxlade—–rosicky——gervinho
    —————-giroud————–

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  3. Bob Dylan

    @landi i dont say this often with most of arsenal underperformers but gervinho will prove u wrong, he has what it takes

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  4. Dan

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  5. SL

    Hope we win. Gerv, please don’t screw up. Show your AFCON form and continue it please.

    COYG

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  6. mudah

    Rosicky-diaby-coquelin and I want see T.eisfeld on the pitch as well in that mid field, OX-poldi-gerv up front will be nice..but players like theo , santi, giroud should be on the bench with some young stars like gnabry then the situation of the match will determine who n who will come on young stars or big stars..3POINTS we need

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  7. Denis my true name

    Gervinho have great pace and brilliant dribbling ability. He has the same weakness like Walcott, it’s decision making. The only thing to make it right is to give him chances like Walcott has.this is a perfect match to give him a chance to play. The thing we can’t afford on the prem and champs league.

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  8. CUT

    Giroud needs to start scoring some crucial goals especially early in the game and take pressure of the team.

    Has been missing too many chances lately.

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  9. harp

    This is the period when we normaly go out of the every competion….. Wenger all of them serious or we may end up losin everytin

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  10. ON4

    Would anyone take back Carlos Vela for the reported 4 million euros buy back clause Arsenal implemented in his current contact at Real Betis. He is still only 23 and can play all across the front line. His stats are as follows:

    Games Goals Assists
    2011 – 2012 37 12 8
    2012 – 2013 23 9 5

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  11. tonato

    Szczesny
    sagna-miquel-mertesacker-Monreal
    ramsey – diaby
    gervinho – rosisky- chamberlain
    giroud

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  12. tobi

    I think Gervinho should play as a 9 today..That guy i think was suppose to replace Kanu because he has the same dribbling ability but Kanu is more clinical and brutal at goal which Gerv isn’t..I also think Gerv needs to start showing his strength when he plays…needs to be strong on the ball and when you are strong , your confidence will be high. He does that for his country and that’s why he plays better there..Giroud and Walcot are ment for Bayern..Their understanding can destroy any team in the world…One is slower but has a very good link up play..holds the ball better and can throw a defence splitting pass while the other(Theo) can speed pass bunch of defenders to be on the receiving end…just need to be more clinical..Theo needs to look up to people like Ronaldo and just please stay on the wing…He can even be scoring more goals than our main strikers …Poldi is our most clinical but playing on the wing makes him more dangerous and unpredictable just like Ronaldo and Frank Ribery

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  13. dboy

    Gerv on left Ox on right wing Diaby; Rosicky Ramsey pulling strings in middle Poldi up front that should allow some players to be rested.

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  14. Tony

    We will not win if he don’t put the best team out its as easy as that as we are not arsenal of 4 years ago

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  15. Bigsnoop

    Dan your insane!! thats all.

    “If you gave Theo 3 one-on-ones with the goalkeeper I don’t think he would score anymore than Gervinho to be honest”.

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  16. lam

    wenger should take advantage of today match,and all what i need is at lease a win, and is the only game that determin next season champion league a heart of arsenal………..

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  17. uohh

    We Can still play a good team but at the same time try some new blood and some older blood to give some players that can make it big with us have a shot or in somecases have another shot. I’d play this side.

    Scezney
    Yennaris Mertasacker Miquel Monreal

    Gnabry Arshavin/Rosicky Eisfield

    Gervinho Giroud Podolski

    Subs: Walcott Arshavin/Rosicky Diaby Ox Arteta

    This will rest key players, give some gifted youngsters a trial and some proper game time in an important match plus giving a lifeline to some others that have the ability to change our season if they perform like we know they can!

    Thoughts?

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  18. Shiva

    Team Announced:

    SUBS
    Mannone, Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski

    ARSENAL TEAM
    Szczesny, Coquelin, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal, Diaby, Rosicky, Arteta, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

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  19. Brad

    Afcon form v who burkin faso and Ethiopia get real gervinho s a joke , rubbish player and if you don’t see that you know nothing about football

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  20. G00ner4Life

    WHY ARSENAL SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED GERVINHO OVER WALCOTT!!!
    WASTE OF A PLAYER!!!

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  21. One AW

    proof u talk absolute nonsense bob dont everr use gervinho again! He is not an arsenal player full stop.

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