Roma forward Gervinho has slammed Arsenal for the way he was treated by Arsene Wenger but regrets leaving the north London outfit without showing his true potential.
The Ivory Coast international spent just two seasons in England after moving from French outfit Lille in the summer of 2011, eventually moving on to Roma last summer after falling out of favour with Arsene Wenger.
Gervinho first broke onto the scene in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, starring for the Ivorians and earned a multi million pound deal to the Gunners a year later.
Despite being a regular in his first season and demonstrating his raw ability, his unreliability and inconsistency affected his standing under Wenger and found himself on the fringes during his second campaign in north London.
The 27-year-old has seen his form return since moving to Serie A and has launched a stinging attack on Wenger, especially the way he was ‘treated’ by the French manager.
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Gervinho told Gazzetta dello Sport:
He [Wenger] never had confidence in me. As a child I dreamed of playing for Arsenal, because I loved them.
Now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me.
However, I regretted leaving the club after such a short time without being able to show my worth, which I’m now doing at Roma instead.
I’ve got news for you Gervinho, Wenger wasn’t the only one who had lost confidence. Wenger believed enough to buy him in 2011 and play the winger regularly but the reality is he was a loose cannon.
Although he was exciting going forward, most players including himself didn’t quite know what he was going to do with the ball half the time. His shooting was usually wayward and not consistent enough, while he certainly lacked a footballing brain.
One thing he had in his locker was that he was a wild card and could produce some brilliance from time to time. But it was understandable why Wenger let him and the decision has been justified.
Cut your losses Gervinho and move on!