5 Oct 2012

Bould challenges Gervinho to replicate club legend

11:44 am on 5 October 2012

The Arsenal assistant coach has challenged Ivory Coast footballer Gervinho to emulate Thierry Henry's impact with the North-London club.

Gervinho scored his fifth goal of the season as Arsenal overcame a sluggish start to maintain their 100-per cent start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 win over Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium.

After an underwhelming first season with Arsene Wenger's side, Gervinho is showing signs of fulfilling his potential following his switch from a wide role to a more central position in Arsenal's attack.

But Wenger's decision to make Gervinho the focal point of his three-man forward line is reminiscent of the way he gradually built his team around Henry, who arrived at Arsenal as an inconsistent winger and left as arguably the best striker in the club's history.

The Arsenal assistant coach Steve Bould says it's early days for Gervinho but he has the talent and ability to rival Thierry Henry in the coming years.