Gervinho: 'It's difficult to judge Arsene Wenger's words'

Ivory Coast international Gervinho has questioned Arsene Wenger's comments regarding his sale from the Emirates.

It was not really a surprise that Arsenal sold Gervinho this summer. After successive campaigns were interrupted by African Nations Cup tournaments, the winger failed to show his best form on a consistent basis.

His talent may not have been in question, but he failed to win over supporters with his form, or establish himself as a must-pick in his manager's first choice XI.

He was sold this summer, with Arsene Wenger suggesting he was intimidated by the atmosphere and high demands at the Emirates, and did not show his best form as a result.

"I made that decision because he looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates. I felt that in the last six months it was very difficult for him to express his talent in a confident way.

"Then you sit there and think, 'Do I bring him back or does he need a new challenge to get that confidence back?' and I did not want to stop him from getting a new chance."

The 26-year-old was sold to Italian side Roma earlier this month, but was only unveiled on Thursday, meeting the press and giving his thoughts on a move.

He was immediately asked if he considered Roma a 'step down' from joining Arsenal, an assertion he quickly refuted.

"I have left a great club in Arsenal, but this isn't a step back in my career. This team is strong and I hope to do well and win something with Roma.

"I was very happy to play for Arsenal, I played there for two seasons, but there were highs and lows. Maybe I could have done better, but after two years I wanted a change."

He was then quizzed about Wenger's comments about him lacking confidence, a statement he quizzed, saying he did not understand why the Frenchman made such a statement.

"I respect him as a coach and I am happy to have played for him. It is difficult to judge his words. With Garcia (Roma coach) I can play more and have more confidence. I am sure I have the qualities to do well here."

The fact the two are not on the same page on this one, hints at a breakdown in communication between the two in the player's final weeks.

Wenger may well have been right, with Gervinho failing to show the bright form in 2012/13 which convinced the Gunners to spend more than £10 million on him.

But if he was intimidated on home turf, Gervinho certainly is not admitting it. A wise move considering the vocal and unforgiving Roma crowd which we are sure will not waste any time getting on his back if his performances are not up to scratch.

What do you think of his comments? How will he perform in Serie A?

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