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Has the excitement all but petered out when it comes to this Arsenal summer signing?

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When it comes to Gervinho, I just can’t seem to make up my mind. It’s evident to just about everyone that the talent is there and that given time and confidence he could be a real asset. At the moment however, there’s no doubt that he’s looking sloppy. There’ve been 3-4 misses in the last couple of weeks that have defied explanation and at this level it’s simply not good enough.

The occasional miss is always forgiven by fans, but when you’re put through 1-on-1 with the keeper and consistently find a way to fluff your lines, patience soon wanes. What’s more, these misses are happening whilst the Gunners are eeking out results. No doubt the fans wouldn’t be so lax were his finishing so abysmal whilst the team were failing to pick up results.

On the plus side, Gervinho is able to ghost past his man with remarkable ease. Tricky feet and decent pace has seen him garner comparisons to Samir Nasri and there may well be some truth to this association. Until he finds his scoring boots however, he’ll never be quite as important to this Arsenal team as the Frenchman was before he ‘went Judas’.

At the moment I’m willing to give Gervinho the benefit of the doubt, because the alternative is either Andrey Arshavin or Tomas Rosicky. Arshavin just doesn’t care and Rosicky is unable to create the havoc that Gervinho often does within defences.

In all likelihood, this is a confidence thing. I’m sure once Gervinho nabs a couple of goals there’ll be no looking back. People talk of given foreign players a chance to adapt to the Premier League but that doesn’t seem to be the problem here. His ability to beat his man is surely evidence that he’s adapted to the pace of the League (in fact most opponent players don’t seem capable of keeping up with him!) but serious work needs to be undertaken on his finishing.

At the moment the Gunners have RVP picking up all the slack in the goal-scoring department. You can only hope that should Robin pick up an injury or go through a dry patch, players like Gervinho could pick up some of the slack.

On recent evidence, however, there’s a lot of work to be done!

What’s your take? Will Gervinho come good?

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5 comments

  • Yura Dumbass says:

    Write a column about something you know about, like anal douches. Gerv is the signing of the summer, elevates everyone around him unlike you, you worthless prick. Fuck off and Gunners up!

  • Yura Dumbass says:

    Write a column about something you know about, like an@l douches. Gerv is the signing of the summer, elevates everyone around him unlike you, you worthless prick. F*ck off and Gunners up!

  • Yura Dumbass says:

    Write a column about something you know about, like an@l d0uches. Gerv is the signing of the summer, elevates everyone around him unlike you, you worthless pr¡ck. F*ck off and Gunners up!

  • Yura Dumb@ss says:

    Write a column about something you know about, like an@l d0uches. Gerv is the signing of the summer, elevates everyone around him unlike you, you worthless pr¡ck. C*ck off and Gunners up!

  • davi says:

    Nasri scored 6 goals in his first season, then 2 in the next and then 10 last year. In assists, he got 2 in his first year, 5 in his second and just one last year, apparently. Overall, those stats aren’t that impressive (not that stats always tell the full story anyway).
    I know he’s a little older than nasri was, but Gervinho has already scored 2 goals and made 4 assists. He will certainly surpass Nasri in terms of assists (I know Nasri is setting up lots of goals for City atm, but he wasn’t when he was at arsenal), and should get at least 5 goals for himself this season. The goals aren’t that impressive, but his assists are, but again, stats don’t tell the full story. The thing about gervinho is that he works very hard and constantly makes chances for himself and others, far more than nasri ever did at arsenal, in truth. His finishing has been a bit off recently, but he get’s himself in the positions to score much more often than samir did, and in time, I would expect him to start taking more of them. He will turn out to be a fantastic signing, imo. Maybe not as inventive as nasri, but overall more effective at making chances due to his added pace and strength.

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