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Arsene Wenger admits he is concerned about Gervinho returning from the Africa Cup of Nations ‘exhausted’.
Arsenal’s summer signing from Lille and reserve striker Marouane Chamakh will head to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea for up to six weeks in January for the tournament.
SUPPORT THE CAUSE
A number of fundraising initiatives will be taking place in and around Emirates Stadium on Saturday as part of the dedicated matchday.
The Armoury and The Arsenal at Highbury House stores will be selling exclusive co-branded sportsbands, with at least £2 from each sale being donated directly to Save the Children. 50p from the sale of each matchday programme will also be donated to the partnership.
Arsenal’s match against Fulham is dedicated to Save the Children, when supporters will be encouraged to get involved with a range of fundraising activities.
Ahead of the fixture, players along with some Arsenal staff will be donating a day’s wages to the club’s first global charity partner.
Through the partnership, the Club will be helping to support a range of education projects in the UK and overseas, helping the poorest children get a better start in life and giving them the chance to grow and fulfil their potential.
And Wenger, who is relieved to not be losing Alex Song after Cameroon failed to qualify, believes the aftermath of the tournament is as much the problem as the games.
The Arsenal boss, whose team host Fulham, said: ‘You lose them two weeks before the competition. When they come back, they look exhausted. I always give them extra time off.’
Gervinho’s absence will be a blow as the Ivorian has just started to hit form – even though Wenger admits he is struggling in front of goal.
‘Gervinho is a fantastic provider. The problem is that he is in the opposite position of Robin van Persie,’ added Wenger.
‘He is desperate for a goal. You could see the other night he had the chance. When you start to think, you are already finished, but the rest of his game is fantastic.’