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AW: 'We Didn't Find Anyone.'

AW: 'We Didn't Find Anyone.'

Arsene Wenger has explained that he would have liked to have made at least one more signing in the January window, but did not find anyone available that he felt would significantly strenghten the squad. Arsenal added Spanish left back Nacho Monreal in the final hours of the window following an injury to Kieran Gibbs, but could not add the forward he wanted.

''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. 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, Manchester City didn't buy, for one simple reason.

For the top, top clubs, it's difficult to strengthen your team in the middle of the season.'

Gervinho will now return to Arsenal after his Ivory Coast side were beaten 2-1 in the Quarter Finals by Nigeria on Sunday.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday February 4 2013
Time: 9:44AM


Are we stronger with Gervinho there or does he block the Ox's path via the bench or the starting 11? For me Gervinho is another Hleb who is actually getting worse every game.
04/02/2013 10:48:00
Bit like Arshavin, for me, just without the bright start. Never really kicked-on and started to produce for the team, in my opinion. I suppose it's better to have them in the squad than not at all, but suspect that it won't be long before the boss rows them out (unless some sort of miracle happens and they become premier league footballers).
04/02/2013 11:36:00
I feel that Gervinho has the potential to become a class footballer, much like others who came before him, his problem isn't with his ability, it's in hs mind. Unfortunately reports claim that Gervinho sat in the dug out, after the Ivory Coast got knocked out, all by himself, crying.
04/02/2013 11:44:00
Not got the right mentality for it, Wenger will give him another year at least to see if he can get proven correct - he doesn't add much value to the team, although he's a better option off the bench than Arshavin
04/02/2013 13:15:00
Was that sarcasm in your penultimate line, LD? Especially after your arseblog post that asked (and I agreed with) - if we could sign Nacho at such short notice, perhaps it's not as difficult as Wenger makes it out to be. Of course, Nacho's signing is one extreme (Malaga wanted to sell,we wanted to buy, Nacho agreed terms, the fee & wages were right). But Wenger's at the other extreme and I do believe that we should have signed one more striker. If Gervinho can translate his Ivory Cost form to Arsenal, no one would even ask for another striker, but so far, that has been missing. There was a great article by Jonathan Wilson on the guardian, that explained how Gervinho gets a lot of love, patience, understanding at Ivory Coast, but perhaps, not at Arsenal.
04/02/2013 13:23:00
Actually the penultimate line was Wenger's :)
Little Dutch
04/02/2013 13:31:00
Actually, you're right, i've just read Jonathan Wilson's piece on Gervinho and it's very good. AW probably knows he's a confidence player too, hence this is the 2nd time that Wenger has said that Gervinho was the best player at AFCON.
Little Dutch
04/02/2013 13:37:00
@ Prits, what does arseblogger know about it? Seriously? For a start we *have* bought players early in the window on occasion. We had already scouted Monreal and made the relevant inquiries, that's why the deal could be pulled off so quickly. That was a response to an emergency - we had effectively one left back because the Gibbs injury was twice as bad as was first thought. The better the player, the harder it is to prise them away from the club they are currently at, especially mid-season. Would we sell Wilshere in January for any amount of money? I don't think we would. That's the level of player we were aiming for in new players. But they're always scouting and inquiring so that AW know who's available when. Agree with people's assessment of Gervinho's issues, but I don't think crying when your team goes out of the AFCON is a sign of weakness, I think it shows that you care desperately. Upside for us of CIV going out is that we get him back earlier than last year - back up to four strikers.
04/02/2013 14:40:00
Gervinho thrives on being rated as very important to a side (it is true Hazzard did say he was the best player he has played with, for whatever reason), just as it is for him with his national side. At Arsenal, he appears unable to handle the expectation, but he just has to rise above his inhibition and do the business or as Shewore stated, Wenger could become impatient with him and rightly so. He's been sharp and a threat at the AFCON, getting 2 or 3 goals in the process, but best player? I am not so sure. He and other star teammates hardly got a sniff against Nigeria, which surprised many watchers of the game here. One can put this (his average output) down to the whole team failing to produce as well. Of course, credit to Nigeria, a side usually underrated in the FIFA rankings, given the quality of players at it's disposal, perhaps owing to the state of the FA. I feel sorry for Gervinho and can only hope he gets over this recent disappointment to move on.
04/02/2013 14:43:00
FG, prits' post referred to my article on arseblog last week Gibbs' is still a relatively short term injury, 6-8 weeks. We have a back up left back in Santos. If the manager doesn't trust him, then it begs the question as to why we waited for Gibbs to get injured before buying him. We should have been buying him earlier. If Gibbs had gotten injured on Saturday as opposed to Wednesday, we would have been left with Santos which the manager has shown is not an option he wants to entertain. So why wait to fix it?
Little Dutch
04/02/2013 14:53:00
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