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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