Traitor? Gervinho wants Napoli to beat Arsenal in the Champions League

Gervinho is in sensational form for Roma, a far cry from his final season at Arsenal.

Gervinho helped maintain Roma's position at the top of the Serie A table with a brace in their 5-0 demolition of Bologna on Sunday.

The Ivory Coast winger is looking like a player reborn under the tutelage of manager Rudi Garcia who was his manager at Lille, winning Ligue 1 together in 2011.

After Roma's heavy win, Gervinho took part in a series of interviews, and brought up former boss Arsene Wenger.

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He said: "I was not happy with the playing time that I was granted by the coach, I need to play to improve my game.

"Wenger was not ready to give it to me. Wenger? He would have to help me and show more confidence in me." 

Manager Arsene had previously stated he felt Gervinho had lost confidence playing at the Emirates and was fearful to express himself, and sold him for the good of his career.

It seems a win-win deal with both Arsenal and Roma sitting pretty at the top of their respective leagues.

Arsenal welcome a side from Serie A to the Emirates in midweek, with Napoli visiting in the Champions League.

In a separate radio interview, Gervinho stated that he preferred Garcia as a coach to Wenger, and sent his best luck to Arsenal's opponents Napoli for the upcoming match.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri quoted him as saying:


Most players who leave Arsenal retain particular goodwill towards the club, with Samir Nasri's petulance the exception.

Gervinho certainly isn't in that category, but he appears quite nonchalant and uncaring towards his time at Arsenal, perhaps out of frustration that it did not work out.

His comments will not help endear his 'legacy' to fans of the Gunners.

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