Arsenal’s cup failures in 2012/2013 are put into perspective by the following statistic:
Arsenal out of both cups to lower league opposition for the first time since 1984-85 (York & Oxford)
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) February 16, 2013
And if anyone at Arsenal symbolises the two cup defeats to lower league opposition at Bradford and at home to Blackburn, it is Gervinho.
The Ivory Coast forward perhaps symbolises the past couple of seasons better than any other player at Arsenal.
Whilst on arrival in England, Arsene Wenger would pluck from obscurity the likes of Patrick Vieira and Nicolas Anelka, today “The Professor” appears to bring in poor players for fees they fail to justify.
Earlier this month, Wenger compounded matters by arguing that he didn’t need to buy a new forward as Arsenal had Gervinho.
Wenger said: “In the Africa Cup of Nations, the best player is Gervinho. It’s simple. Why should we go there when the best player is Gervinho? We already have Gervinho.”
The 25-year-old Arsenal forward has scored three goals in 13 appearances this season but it is the misses at Bradford and Blackburn that could define his campaign.
Both fails came in the first half of the cup defeats and had Gervinho converted the simple chances, it is fair to say Arsenal would have had a much greater chance of progressing.
So, which miss was worse? Videos of both below. And, do you trust Arsene Wenger to buy a top class centre forward next summer?