Arsenal winger Gervinho has expressed his delight with his new-found role up front.
The Ivory Coast international is the Gunners’ top scorer this season with five goals, and he believes his recent form is purely down to his shift into the center of Arsenal’s attack.
“In the middle, it gives you lots of options,” he told the official Arsenal magazine. “You can make a run on the right, on the left, deep in the center. It’s a big advantage. I feel good there and I am working hard to improve in that position.
“I don’t have the physical ability to play in the air or to hold the ball up, so I am learning how I can make the best of my qualities for that position. I am working very hard at training to improve my efficiency, to be more clinical in front of goal. It has been my flaw so far. I know I still have a lot more to learn but I am more confident now - the start of the season and my goals so far have showed that I have improved a lot.”
Despite acknowledging his own efforts this season, Gervinho believes it will count for nothing unless the team are successful at as a unit.
"I will be happy with my season only if the team does well and wins things," Gervinho said. “I don’t mind about my own stats, goals or assists. I want to help the team to have a great season. I will give everything and never give up.”
The Ivorian also talked up the importance of Arsene Wenger’s management style, hailing his relationship with the French coach.
“He has been very important," Gervinho said. "He talks to me a lot, he tells me what I did right and wrong and what I should do better in the next game. It’s very important to have a relationship like that with your manager.”