Many players have left The Emirates Stadium this summer as Arsenal sold many of their fringe and unwanted players within the team.
One of those to leave was Gervinho as the Ivorian winger decided to move to Roma after struggling for form over the last two years.
Now the Ivorian has settled down to life in Serie A, the player has revealed that he was happy that he left Arsenal to move to Italy.
Gervinho is in familiar company at Roma where he has linked up with manager Rudi Garcia who also worked with the player during his spell at Lille in France.
Having left for £8m earlier this month, the winger revealed that he enjoyed being at Arsenal but was ready to move on from the club. He underlined this inan interview with TALKSPORT where he stated: “It was a real pleasure for me playing for Arsenal, but after two years of ups and downs it was time for a change.”
“”Roma is a great team with a great coach. I had no hesitation in accepting their offer,” he added afterwards.
Gervinho didn’t have the best of times with Arsenal in the Premier League where his appearances were often highlighted by glaring errors or inconsistency week after week.
This had made the Ivorian a bit of a joke figure amongst fans who often got frustrated by his constant lack of opportunities.
Despite their grievances with him, Gervinho occasionally showed what he was capable of especially last season where he netted a hat-trick in a 5-2 win against Southampton last September.
This coupled with some strong form for the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations meant that the winger still was a seen as a valuable asset on the continent.
Gervinho also added that having the opportunity to work with Rudi Garcia was also a big factor in moving to Roma. The Ivorian credited Garcia’s influence on his own play stating: “I have always had a good relationship with Garcia – he has always given me confidence, and was the first to deploy me on the wing.”
After having a couple of tough years at Arsenal, Gervinho will have to prove to Roma that he is still able to perform regularly at the highest level both domestically and internationally if he is going to restore his reputation as one of the Europe’s most threatening wingers.