Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to rush Gervinho into the first team spot as soon as the winger comes back from his African Nations Cup experience, where he is set to fight against Zambia for the trophy in the final.
Gervinho will find things a bit changed at Arsenal when he gets back, as he will discover that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is now seen as the favourite to play in his position, and that he’ll have to fight with both him and Walcott for one of the two winger spots available.
“Gervinho is in the final,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“I have had him on the phone and sent him some messages a few times.
“He plays in the final and you know what the rule is – 48 hours later he has to be back. I see him playing on Saturday, not on Wednesday.”
Winning the African Nations Cup will not only bring him a new trophy but also a lot of confidence which will help both himself and the whole Arsenal squad once he’s back in action for the Gunners. Last summer’s earliest transfer proved to be a real asset for the team but he’ll have to prove himself all over again once he’s back.