Gervinho is sensitive and needs support, says Arsenal boss Wenger
Arsene Wenger says Gervinho is "sensitive" to the pressure when he is struggling for form after striker's goal at Swansea City
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Gervinho is “sensitive” to the pressure when he is struggling for form – but hopes the Arsenal striker’s goal at Swansea will fill him with confidence.
The Ivorian, who was a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium, wrapped up the victory when he fired home Aaron Ramsey’s low cross in stoppage time.
The 25-year-old has struggled to find consistent goal-scoring form since joining Arsenal from Lille in 2011 and has managed just four strikes in 22 appearances in all competitions this season.
But Wenger believes Saturday’s goal could spark a run of form for the Ivory Coast international.
“I know that Gervinho was under a lot of negative pressure because he missed chances and as well because I know how big that win was for us,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“He had the African Nations Cup and came back a little bit jaded but now I’m sure until the end of the season he will be a big force for us.
“He is sensitive – he needs the support. He wants to do well, he loves football – when he doesn’t score of course he is down.
“He gives us something different. He can dribble, he can provoke.
“Recently I felt he lacked confidence because when he got in front of goal you could see that it was not spontaneous. I hope that goal will give him a lot of confidence.”