By Rob Kelly

Gervinho believes that he is returning to his best form in time for the run-in to the season.

The Ivorian forward made his first league start since flying home from the Africa Cup of Nations in Saturday's 3-0 win against Aston Villa.

Now he says he is determined to reach his peak as Arsenal try to secure a top-three finish.

"I spoke to the coach when I came back [from the Africa Cup of Nations]," Gervinho told the Official Arsenal programme.

"He knew I was tired and I needed a bit of time to recover and to get back to my best. Now, I feel good again.

"I want to finish the season well and be a key part of the team in the last games of the season and help the team to finish in the top three."

The full interview with Gervinho is in the Official Matchday Programme for the Aston Villa game. Click here to subscribe

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