Wenger backs Gervinho revival
Arsene Wenger says Gervinho will be key Arsenal's final push for a top four
The Cote d'Ivoire striker came on in the last 19 minutes to score Arsenal’s final goal in the 90th minute to seal a 2-0 away win over Swansea on Saturday.
“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 said.
“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.”
Arsenal are currently fifth on the Premiership table with nine games left to play and four points behind Tottenham Hotspur on 50 and 54 points from 29 games played.
“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,” Wenger said.
“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.”
Gervinho is part of Cote d'Ivoire's 2014 World Cup qualifying home game against Gambia on March 23.
His last Premiership goal came on September 29 in Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat against Chelsea.