Arsenal 4 Reading 1: Arsene Wenger hails Gervinho display
Arsenal 4 Reading 1: Arsene Wenger singles out Gervinho for special praise after striker scores one and sets up two in win
Arsene Wenger singled out Gervinho for special praise after the Ivorian’s goal set Arsenal on their way to an emphatic victory over Reading.
The striker scored one and created two as the Gunners boosted their hopes of a top-four finish with a vital victory in north London.
“He [Gervinho] was always lively and created many dangerous situations,” Wenger told BBC Sport.
“I’m sorry because in the game he had an assist, he scored but he had more chances. He lacked a bit of confidence in front of goal.”
Gervinho gave the Gunners the lead in the 11th minute when he turned in Santi Cazorla’s effort as Arsenal dominated proceedings at The Emirates.
Cazorla made it 2-0 three minutes after half-time with a curling shot, before Olivier Giroud netted the home side’s third with 23 minutes left.
Reading, playing under new manager Nigel Adkins for the first time, pulled one back through Hal Robson-Kanu’s header but Mikel Arteta’s penalty restored the three-goal cushion.
“We played with good collective spirit, technical quality and always went forward,” added Wenger, whose side closed the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to just two points.
“We created many chances, that’s the most pleasant thing. We defended well, had good discipline and didn’t become easy when the game became easy. We kept focus, it was a good performance.”
Newly-appointed Royals boss Adkins had no choice but to praise Arsenal for a dominant display at The Emirates.
“I thought Arsenal were very good, they’ve passed the ball very well,” he said. “Unfortunately, we’ve made our own downfall on a couple of goals.”
Arsenal’s next Premier League game is a trip to West Bromwich Albion next Saturday.