Posted on Saturday, 6th October 2012 by The Goon
Right, I don’t know about you fellow Gooners and Goonerettes out there but I was left a little baffled and bemused when I read Arsene Wenger thinks Gervinho is capable of following in the footsteps of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie playing in the central striking role.
For some strange reason Wenger has played the Ivorian as the main man upfront in recent games, despite signing Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud in the summer, not to mention, even though I don’t think he’s up for it, Theo Walcott, who has expressed his desire to play in the specified role.
I know Gervs has netted five goals for us already in this position, but he doesn’t look like a player who can ultimately follow in Henry’s or even Van Persie’s path.
Wenger did a magnificent job moulding Henry from a winger to a lethal striker, and done equally as good with Van Persie, but they were capable of making the switch.
For me, Gervinho doesn’t look like a guy who can lead the line. For one thing his overall decision-making is really poor for someone who has bags of experience at both club and international level. He holds on to the ball far too long for my liking and is not a powerful presence up front in terms of holding up the ball. I will give him this though, he does try. His movement and technical ability is good and he has improved on his finishing.
But can/will he become our next Van Persie? I just don’t think so.
I think because of the pace and dribbling skill he possesses he would be more effective cutting in from the wide position rather than being deployed through the middle of the front three. This job should really be appointed to Podolski who is proven in this role.
What do you guys reckon on this?
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