Former Arsenal winger Gervinho has launched a stinging attack on the Gunners, claiming he did not learn nor have the confidence under his last boss Arsene Wenger.
His departure to Roma in the summer has seemed to be the right move for all parties, during his two season with the Gunners he struggled to adapt and while he offered a directness to Arsenal’s attack, found himself on the periphery during the second half of last season.
The Ivorian has rejoined former Lille boss Rudi Garcia, and is enjoying having the managers confidence which has seen him return to his all action best.
Now that he’s turned a new leaf, the 26-year-old has decided to slam his former boss Wenger and feels he learnt nothing during his time in north London.
Gervinho reportedly told Sports Illustrated:
The fundamental difference between the Roma and Arsenal is the coach. Garcia here gives me confidence, I know that he believes in me. When I wake up in the morning, I really like going to work: I cannot wait to train and stay with my coach and my team-mates.
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In Italy the people are great. Rome is wonderful and the passion for football is strong, but a lot of these qualities were also in England. What I learned at Arsenal? Honestly, not so much, because you cannot learn a lot if you’re on the bench.
I left England because I was not playing. Almost always be among the reserves was the worst thing for me and for my confidence.
Sure it’s understandable for the winger to be frustrated with his lack of playing time but unfortunately he was an extremely temperamental player form-wise. He could be Ronaldo one day, Andre Santos the next.
Wenger let him leave for the reasons Gervinho stated above, he had lost the bosses confidence and was receiving plenty of stick from the Arsenal faithful.
While he had his brilliant moments, including the well taken brace against Southampton in their 6-1 romp, he was never an Arsenal-type player. Players like Walcott and Gnabry who also have pace, possess a footballing brain and have been able to adapt to the Gunners playing style.
As mentioned, Gervinho was sometimes an interesting option up front or out wide, but he was never destined to be a regular Arsenal star. He was a poor mans Hazard unfortunately. Not even the famed Arsene Wenger could knock the poor decision making out of his game.
What are your thoughts on Gervinho’s comments? He’s certainly a bit bitter eh?