It is fair to say that I wasn’t surprised at Santi running the game against Reading. He is a top class player who could get into any of the top sides in Europe. His stats match up against any player doing the same job and our little wizard tops the pile.

What did make me teeter upon the edge of disbelief was how well Gervinho performed. He showed us once again how good he can be if he just keeps his confidence high. When he is in this form he can terrorise any defender with his pace and dribbling ability. Gervinho performs a critical role in this side as he is one of the few players in our squad (Jack, Gervinho, Rosicky, Diaby and Santi) that can carry the ball past players and turn a defensive action into an attacking action in a few short strides. As we saw against Reading for Giroud’s goal, Gervinho waited in space for the ball to break and used his pace intelligently, waiting for Giroud to join him before hitting a simple, yet well paced pass across the turf allowing Giroud to hit it plumb, first time and leather it into the back of the net. On this form Gervinho looks every inch the player we hoped he could be.

A revtalised Gervinho was happy to score his second goal in successive matches
(Looking every bit the player we all want him to be)
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