Backpage Roundup: Wenger Tells Gervinho to Relax, Ramsey Not Regretting Arsenal Move, Giroud in Bullish Mood, Jovetic’s Price Tag and More


Wenger Tells Gervinho to Relax for Greater Accuracy

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal striker Gervinho is not ‘clinical’ in front of the goal but believes his finishing would improve if he calmed down a little.

The 25-year-old Ivorian created two goals and scored one in the Gunners’ 4-1 win over Reading at Emirates on Saturday. While he has been accused of being wasteful in the past, he was pretty impressive against the Royals, and Wenger feels he could deliver more performances like that if he can control his nerves.

Honestly, he is not a clinical finisher. When he is completely relaxed, he’s quite good. He rushes his finishing because when he arrives in front of the goal he wants to get rid of it. The big goalscorers just pass it in and that’s what he has to learn,” the Frenchman said of Gervinho.

In training, he finishes well. Better than when he arrived. It will get better. His finishing is linked with his psychology. He wants to do well. He loves football. He is a hard worker,” he added.


Bullish Giroud Sure of Top-Four Finish

Olivier Giroud has claimed that Arsenal will certainly finish in the top four and could even end up third if they keep on performing like they did in the recent 4-1 defeat of Reading.

The Gunners dominated the Royals from start to finish in their Barclays Premier League encounter on Saturday, and they now trail the fourth-placed Chelsea by just two points. As a result, the confidence has gotten quite high in their camp, and it was showing in the words of the France international.

Giroud said: “We are confident. We are used to finishing the championship well. And again this season we will do the same. I trust in our qualities, so I really think we can make fourth and maybe even third place if we continue to play like we did (against Reading).

“We are playing well. We succeed to score lots of goals. However, we need to be more concentrated when we are defending, because we need more clean sheets because we dominate the games. We want to be ambitious and keep our focus.

“We take the games one by one. Spurs have to play against Manchester City and Chelsea, so it is hard games for them. But every game is difficult, we can see that as Chelsea lost in Southampton, so we have to keep focus, concentrated and strong.”


Ramsey Not Regretting Arsenal Move  

Aaron Ramsey has revealed that he doesn’t regret shunning Manchester United’s offer five years ago and feels that he made the right decision by coming to Arsenal.

The 22-year-old Welshman was hot property back in 2008 and was also being tracked by the Red Devils as well as Everton. He held talks with the officials of all three clubs before deciding to join the Gunners, and he says that he is content with the choice he made.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Ramsey said: “The main factor in joining Arsenal was meeting with Arsene Wenger and to hear what his plans were for me. He has brought through so many youngsters and given them opportunities and turned them into great players.

“They flew me over there to have a meeting with him. I was overwhelmed. I was 17 and one of the best managers in the world wants to meet me face to face. It was definitely a hard choice to make at my age, but I’ve no regrets, I think I made the right choice.

“I felt more wanted at Arsenal, I felt the plan was better for me and they gave youngsters more opportunities. Manchester United also had a lot of midfielders at the time as well.”


Underperforming Nasri Has No Regrets over Gunners Exit  

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has once again told the press that he doesn’t regret leaving his former club Arsenal despite his struggles for his current club.

The 25-year-old Frenchman, who left the Gunners for City in 2011, has failed to find his best form this season. His inconsistent displays have been criticised multiple times by Roberto Mancini, leading to suggestions that he may have made a mistake by leaving Arsenal. However, the player says that he has no regrets over his decision.

In an interview with beIN Sport, Nasri said: “Arsene Wenger is the greatest coach I have worked with. I only regret not having more discussions with Arsene Wenger when I left [for Manchester City]. I do not have regrets. I do not regret joining Manchester City. I want to play and perform. My departure from Arsenal is purely for sporting reasons.”

About his below par performances and Mancini’s criticism, he added: “I am aware that I do not realize a good season. There are many reasons. But when Mancini said that I’m training at 50 percent, this is not true. I felt comfortable against Newcastle. It’s been a time that I feel good.”


Fiorentina Want £30 Million for Jovetic

Fiorentina have told Arsenal and Manchester City that they would have to cough up £30 million if they want to land their star striker Stevan Jovetic this summer. (Daily Express)

The 23-year-old Montenegrin is widely expected to leave Serie A for Barclays Premier League at the end of the season, but it seems that Viola have no intention of selling him for cheap.

Meanwhile, talkSPORT have claimed that Juventus are also interested in landing Jovetic, and they are preparing a player plus cash offer for him.


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