Arsene Wenger has hailed Gervinho’s performance after his two goal salvo against Southampton today, and said that the idea of playing him through the middle came during this summer’s Asian tour.
The Ivorian scored his first goals of 2012 and Wenger joked, “You know we transform all wingers into central strikers and all the strikers into wingers!
“I decided that during our tour of Asia when I tried to play Gervinho there against Man City in that position. I liked what he did and it was in the back of my mind.
“It is interesting because he is such a great mover and he is so quick so when he is central, once he gets ahead of the central defender it is difficult to catch him back.”
The boss was also quick to praise Santi Cazorla, with the Spaniard again outstanding in Arsenal’s midfield.
“Cazorla is a player who is just a pleasure to watch. You want him to have the ball. He typifies what Spain’s midfielders are today – he is technically perfect, he has great vision and a great team attitude.”
And Wenger was a manager enthused by the display of his team, citing ‘positive energy’ when discussing upcoming games in Europe and domestically against Man City and Chelsea.
“We have a big week coming up because we go on Tuesday now to Montpellier. On Sunday we play at Man City and we have two interesting weeks coming up because we play Chelsea as well. We will know more about our team then but there is a positive energy in this team, a desire to play well together, and real team play.
“It is very exciting.”