Should Oxlade-Chamberlain Still Play for Arsenal Once Gervinho is Back?

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.

Should Wenger Keep Gervinho From Leaving?

Arsene Wenger could have taken advantage of his relationship with Ivory Coast’s manager Francois Zahoui who he trained when he was the manager of French side Nancy, but didn’t want to keep Gervinho away from his national squad from respect to the young manager.

“I had him as a player at Nancy when he was young, and he was here two weeks ago, but I do not want to go to war with him,” the Arsenal manager said.

“He would be in a difficult position. He does that with Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure. I do not want to take advantage.