Gervinho says he is enjoying his new role as a centre forward.

The Ivorian has started the season brightly, and is Arsenal’s top scorer so far with five goals to his name.

And while acknowledging that he still has a lot to learn in his new position, Gervinho believes he has the ability to be a success up front.

“In the middle, it gives you lots of options,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“You can make a run on the right, on the left, deep in the centre. It’s a big advantage.  I feel good there and I am working hard to improve in that position.

“I don’t have the physical ability to play in the air or to hold the ball up so I am learning how I can make the best of my qualities for that position.”

`’I am working very hard at training to improve my efficiency, to be more clinical in front of goal. It has been my flaw so far. I know I still have a lot more to learn but I am more confident now - the start of the season and my goals so far have showed that I have improved a lot.”

Gervinho is putting a lot of that improvement down to the work of Arsène Wenger, who the forward believes has played a key role in his continued development.

“He has been very important,” Gervinho said. He talks to me a lot, he tells me what I did right and wrong and what I should do better in the next game. It’s very important to have a relationship like that with your manager.

“I will be happy with my season only if the team does well and wins things,” he continued. “I don’t mind about my own stats, goals or assists. I want to help the team to have a great season. I will give everything and never give up.”

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26 Oct 2012