Gervinho. Scored on his pre-season debut last summer, got involved in a tussle with Joey Barton, played quite well in his early games, and then struggled, especially when he returned from the African Cup of African Nations in Africa who play for a Cup.
This season though, the Ivorian feels he’s ready to produce more consistent form and be more effective for the club. Speaking to Arsenal Player, he said, “I hope to push on personally, also to progress with the team and to showcase my qualities. I’ve learnt lots of things, coming to a new club, being new to the Premier League. I’ve learnt to adapt on the pitch and, when I think back, also in front of goal.
“I really feel that I’ve come on a lot, I feel really good in training and I’m ready for my second season.”
After an apparent slump at the end of last season where he lacked the confidence to really trouble anyone or anything but the fingernails of fans as we scrapped for third place, Gervinho feels confident he can contribute more this time around.
“The most important thing for me is to have a good season and win something too. That would represent a good season, progressing, and pulling together as a team.
“I’ve got no doubts about my ability and the manager has shown that he’s got faith in me as well.”
Which is good to hear and he certainly appeared a lot more willing to run at defenders during the Sunderland game than his counterpart on the opposite wing. Not much came off for him but it’s positive nonetheless.
Gerv then said he’d like to emulate Robert Pires at which point I had to stop and breathe deeply because even if he did play like Bob, he’d never look anywhere near as dreamy.
But he can score the goals if he likes. Arseblog News is down with that.