Sensitive Gervinho needs support, insists Wenger

The Arsenal manager hopes the Cote d’Ivoire international’s goal in the 2-0 win over Swansea will boost the forward’s confidence going into the remainder of their season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Gervinho can regain confidence after his goal in the 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

The Cote d’Ivoire international found the net for the first time since October after coming on as a substitute at the Liberty Stadium, with his effort sealing three crucial points after Nacho Monreal opened the scoring.

And Wenger, who wants his side to push for a top-four finish, has called on the club’s fans to support the forward, while also hoping the goal will give him a much-needed boost.

The Frenchman told the club’s official website: “I know that Gervinho was under a lot of negative pressure because he missed chances and as well because I know how big that win was for us.

“He had the African Nations Cup and came back a little bit jaded but now I’m sure until the end of the season he will be a big force for us.

“He is sensitive – he needs the support. He wants to do well, he loves football – when he doesn’t score of course he is down.

“He gives us something different. He can dribble, he can provoke. Recently I felt he lacked confidence because when he got in front of goal you could see that it was not spontaneous. I hope that goal will give him a lot of confidence.”

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