Even the best players in the world can be affected by penalty misses. Who can forget what an impact that miss at Villa Park had on Dennis Bergkamp? It seemed to sap him of all his good ju-ju for quite some time.
And having missed in the shoot-out during the final of the African Cup of African Nations Cup of Nations in Africa, there may well be fears than Gervinho could be similarly affected.
Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger feels a swift return to club football could be just thing the Ivorian needs to find his spark, despite him being obviously a bit glum about the whole thing.
““He was very down when I spoke with him on Monday,” he told Arsenal Player. “Now he is better and hopefully he can contribute on Saturday”
“We don’t know [what impact the Africa Cup of Nations will have]. I see Yaya Toure played on Thursday night for Manchester City and sometimes the best thing to get things out of your system is to play a game and have a performance.
“When you are young it is important to focus on the next game and show you are a good player.”
Meanwhile, Johan Djourou, who suffered a torrid time filling in at right back, says he can regain the form that had him so highly regarded just 12 months ago as he returns to the centre of the defence in the absence of Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
“I am happy to be back in my position and to show what I am worth,” he said. “This season has been a bit harder for me. I have had to play out of position where I am not used to but I have tried to do my job, but I am not a right back.
“People forget and think that if you play in a position, ‘Johan Djourou is a right back’, but I am not, I was there to help the team. Now I am back in my position and I will show everyone my qualities.”