Arsenal striker draws in the plaudits

Arsenal striker Gervinho

Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould has praised the form of Ivory Coast International Gervinho after his successful start to the season continued against Olympiakos.

Gervinho has made an impressive start to the season, with Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League win against the Greek side he was on target and grabbed an assist.

With five goals netted already this season, Gervinho has scored more goals than he did during the entirety of the 2011/2012 season.

“He is scoring goals so his confidence is sky high.

“He is a danger with his pace and movement- he could be a top player,” Bould told the BBC website.

After a poor first season in English football, it looks likely that Arsenal can finally get some goals from the player they spent £10,500,000 on. With five goals in the first seven games this season, it’s exactly what Arsenal fans needed after the departure of last season’s top scorer Robin van Persie.

His form could be contributed to the fact that he is being employed as a front man this season, unlike last season where he was more of a wide man, something which is similar to the development of Arsenal top goal scorer Thierry Henry.

“If he gets anywhere near Thierry Henry we’ll take that all day long.

“He is learning his trade there (centre forward). I don’t think he has played there an awful lot,” added Bould.

Arsenal’s European win puts them top of Group B and was a big boost for the club after defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.