Arsene Wenger admits that Gervinho is far from being a traditional centre forward but insists the Ivorian has the necessary qualities to succeed up front.
Described just weeks ago by this very site “as the only man in the squad capable of making Marouane Chamakh look composed in front of goal,” the 25-year-old has surprised all and sundry by decisively netting five times from five shots on target so far this season.
Signed as a winger from Lille, and deployed as such in his first season at the Emirates, Gervinho is probably as bemused as anyone that he’s now a striker. Of course, you never know what Arsene has up his sleeve, as he made clear by recalling the transformation of both Thierry Henry and a nameless Dutch cunny.
“The thinking was to use well his quality of movement and his pace,” Wenger told journalists ahead of Saturday’s match with West Ham.
“But of course you have to overcome a little bit of an obstacle that he doesn’t correspond well to the traditional image you have of a central striker.
“I did that [changed position] with Robin van Persie. He was more a technical player, it was not obvious to put him as the central striker.
“I did it with Thierry Henry, I did it now with Gervinho and I think I will do it as well with Walcott.
“They have other qualities that is well suited to our game. Our game is based on movement and technical ability and they have that.”
Arseblog News obviously owes Gervinho an apology. So err…we’re sorry.
As for name checking Walcott as a striker, trying to figure out if Arsene was being serious, polite or just playing mind games is too much for us on a Friday afternoon.