Arsene Wenger has told the media that he would have added to the Arsenal squad last month if he had been able to find available players of the right quality, but he could not, apparently. Many Arsenal fans were hoping for another striker, with David Villa the centre of a great deal of speculation, but Barcelona apparently refused to sell.
The Frenchman seems to have a much higher opinion of Gervinho, however, because he explains his reasons for not adding a striker by stating that the Ivorian international was the best player at the African Cup of Nations, so there was no point getting anyone else. That suggests to me that Wenger is planning to use Gervinho, which might worry some Gooners. If he is planning to play the 25-year old, it would be best to do it soon, to try to take advantage of the confidence he will have from hitting four goals since joining up with his country.
“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.
“Manchester United, who did they buy? Chelsea, who did they buy? Liverpool bought, Man City didn’t buy, for one simple reason.
“For the top, top, top clubs it’s difficult to strengthen your team in the middle of the season.”
Gervinho will be disappointed that his team went out of the tournament at the weekend to a good Nigeria, but that does mean he will be back in time to play against Sunderland on Saturday. With Walcott hoping to start in the middle, Gervinho could take his place on the right. If he can repeat his performances from recent international games for Arsenal, then he may still have a future at the Emirates, but he must be getting close to his last chance.