Arsene Wenger has made some outlandish claims about Gervinho.
Arsene Wenger has outlined one of the reasons the club did not go in for more players in the transfer window, namely a forward.
Here it is...
"We worked very hard on it, we were everywhere. I would have loved to take somebody else but we didn't find anyone.
"In the Africa Cup of Nations, the best player is Gervinho. It's simple. Why should we go there when the best player is Gervinho? We already have Gervinho."
This is the same Gervinho who had been largely woeful in for Arsenal since September, even missing an open goal from two yards out in the League Cup defeat to Bradford.
It almost seems as if Wenger is on a wind-up, trying to get a rise out of Arsenal fans. Clearly he isn't, but the comments are a bit far-fetched surely?
Gervinho isn't the best player at the African Nations Cup. He isn't the best player in his team, that belongs to Ivory Coast teammate Yaya Toure.
Now obviously Wenger can't go and sign Toure because Arsenal couldn't afford him and City wouldn't sell, but Wenger's comments do not acknowledge these facts.
What about Cheik Tiote of Newcastle and Ivory Coast, would a defensive midfielder of his stature not be more beneficial to Arsenal at present than Gervinho?
Looking at forwards alone, Gervinho - who scored twice at the tournament before their defeat to Nigeria, is not the best one there.
Surely Arsenal fans would rather have freescoring Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani - 23 goals in 26 games for Anderlecht this season, or young Ivory Coast hitman Wilfried Bony - 16 goals in 18 Eredivisie games? We bet some Gunners would rather have Didier Drogba.
It's one thing to claim Gervinho was the best player at the AFCON. He was dangerous and put in some impressive performances, scoring an excellent volleyed goal in the Elephants' opening match; but to use that to quantify not considering any other players at the tournament as signings is probably a bit much - He's proved at Arsenal he is too inconsistent to trust. Surely fans would prefer to see another player who would be more valuable to them given a chance?
What do you think of Wenger's comments?
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