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Monday, February 13, 2012

Gervinho back to boost cup hopes

Arsenal will welcome back Gervinho for their FA Cup clash with Sunderland on Saturday, following the forward's return from the African Cup of Nations. The Ivorian has been integral to his country's progression to the final of the tournament, scoring the winning goal in the semi-final victory against Mali. 

The 24-year old will soon return to the Emirates, where he will be hoping to immediately lift spirits following Thierry Henry's return to New York. The Frenchman grabbed an injury-time winner last weekend, as both teams played the first of their two games in a week against each other, Arsenal running out 2-1 winners at the Stadium of Light. http://betting.betfair.com/football/

Arsene Wenger revealed the forward would be back and available for selection for what is sure to be a tough fifth round clash against an ever-improving Sunderland side, one which has looked capable of beating anyone on their day since Martin O'Neill took over. 

"I have Gervinho on the phone and sent him some messages a few times," he said.

"He plays in the final and you know what the rule is - 48 hours later he has to be back. I see him playing on Saturday, not on Wednesday."

The former Lille man's return will be a boost to Arsenal ahead of the Sunderland match. With both Manchester sides now out of the tournament, the FA Cup looks set to be Arsenal's best chance at finally ending their six-year silverware drought, and Gervinho's return will add to Wenger's options for this all-important cup tie.  betting.betfair.com

Gervinho may have to earn his place back in Wenger's first team, following the impressive impact Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made since bursting into the side. The youngster has stepped up and filled in for the absent Gervinho, exciting the Arsenal fans with a string of sensational performances over the past few weeks.

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