Gervinho: Is There Hope for the Much-Maligned Striker at Arsenal Next Season?

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMarch 25, 2013

It’s been another rough season for Gervinho, from famous misses to long stretches on the bench. But is the much-maligned forward running out of time at Arsenal?

Near the beginning of the season, Gervinho scored five times in a run of five matches in all competitions. But the Ivory Coast man dealt with injuries and poor form and has contributed little since.

His goal against Swansea City a couple weeks back was only his fourth in the league this season, and the rest of the stats are hardly more encouraging.

According to EPL Index, Gervinho’s shot accuracy in the league this season stands at 39 percent. That’s from 25 shots all season (seven on target), a total that works out to an average of 430.92 minutes of pitch time per attempt.

Delving deeper into the numbers, Gervinho has attempted 57 dribbles with a 33 percent success rate, creating only one clear-cut chance. Meanwhile, he has lost possession 137 times in only 14 games and has attempted 12 crosses, none of which were accurate.

So does that mean all hope is lost? Watch as B/R World Football Lead Writers Michael Cummings and Will Tidey discuss Gervinho’s future, then be sure to add your thoughts in the comments below.

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