A miracle took place in north London on Saturday.
During Arsenal’ shome match with Reading, a game which they won 4-1, Gervinho put in a Man of the Match performance by contributing a goal and two assists.
There were reports from the Emirates that fans were so shocked that some collapsed and had to be treated at the ground.
All joking aside I have to say, as an Arsenal fan, it was good to see Gervinho put in a performance that he has on so many occasions teased us with. Despite this performance, however, I am still unforgiving of his miss against Blackburn in the F.A Cup and his awful showing against Bradford in the League Cup.
But when a player is subject to so much of the fans ire and criticism it is nice to see them go out and find a bit of form which is the best way to silence critics and get fans back on your side.
Gervinho still has a bit to do before everybody’s convinced he can be a consistent source of goals but more performances likes this, even against Reading, and the one against Swansea two weeks ago will not hurt his case.
I have always thought, optimistically perhaps, that deep down in that massive forehead of Gervinho’s that might be a good footballing brain that can operate at a high level. I’m not so sure there is but the these are encouraging signs at least and, you never know, the Ivorian could be key to Arsenal’s late season top four push.
Jerry van Wav