Arsène Wenger hopes Gervinho’s goal in the win over Swansea City will boost the forward’s self-belief because he has a major role to play in the remainder of Arsenal’s season.

The Ivorian scored his first goal for the Gunners since October in south Wales, latching onto Aaron Ramsey’s pass before sliding the ball past Michel Vorm.

He is sensitive - he needs the support. He wants to do well, he loves football - when he doesn’t score of course he is down

Arsène Wenger

Wenger was impressed with Gervinho’s 20-minute cameo at the Liberty Stadium and is backing the 25-year-old to regain his confidence.

“I know that Gervinho was under a lot of negative pressure because he missed chances and as well because I know how big that win was for us,” Wenger said.

“He had the African Nations Cup and came back a little bit jaded but now I’m sure until the end of the season he will be a big force for us.

“He is sensitive - he needs the support. He wants to do well, he loves football - when he doesn’t score of course he is down.

“He gives us something different. He can dribble, he can provoke. Recently I felt he lacked confidence because when he got in front of goal you could see that it was not spontaneous. I hope that goal will give him a lot of confidence.”

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