Is anyone sorry to see Gervinho leave Arsenal?

Arsenal have flogged Gervinho to Roma for £7 million, well under what they paid to sign him in 2011.

It’s a shame because he went to the Gunners with an exciting reputation as one of the most promising attacking and wide players around, showing glimpses of promise and exciting talent but plagued by the problem of inconsistency.

He scored just nine goals in Arsenal colours so he was not anywhere near prolific during his period in North London and there are plenty of reasons that not many at the Emirates will be sorry to see him leave.

Gervinho was increasingly used in a left sided attacking role during his Arsenal career, but failed to hold down the position, even ahead of converted strikers.

Lukas Podolski has made it clear he wants to play as a centre forward for the Gunners but he can play that left sided role more effectively than Gervinho ever could, plus Arsene Wenger also has the option of switching Theo Walcott to the left wing, with the Englishman dangerous when cutting inside.

In terms of Gervinho’s role as a striker, Arsenal have some cover in that position, but it spells their lack of faith in him that they were prepared to let him go without being better stocked there. 

Wenger will also have the possibility to improve the attacking part of the squad, despite comments from Liverpool owner John Henry that Luis Suarez will not be sold to them this summer.

The fact Arsenal made a loss on Gervinho is largely irrelevant because the Gunners are in a superb position of financial strength where they can afford to go after players and make big offers, which has been restricted to them over the last few years.

Wenger also has the option of being able to buy a winger, which would take care of that left sided position, allowing him to consolidate his centre forwards, increasing the competition for striker roles which will ultimately improve the quality of the forwards.

Wenger seems very driven to trim the squad with underperforming and average players leaving, with the club possessing the ability to replace them with higher profile and higher quality signings.

It’s a real shame that things didn’t work out for Gervinho but there won’t be many Arsenal fans shedding tears now that the deal has gone through.

Are you sorry to see Gervinho leave?

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