Transferred forward points to a lack of managerial support during his Arsenal stay.
Inconsistency saw Gervinho fazed out from Arsenal's first-team selection but at AS Roma, manager Rudi Garcia prefers the Ivorian's presence as, while he does 'get some wrong', the 26-year-old retains his place because Garcia 'knows he'll create opportunities'.
Indeed, it appears as though Garcia knows how to get the best out of Gervinho as the player has already returned three goals from six appearances despite only joining the club in an £8m deal in August. Two of those goals were struck during a 5-0 destruction of Bologna, a man-of-the-match display that helped his side reach the summit of Serie A, two points clear of Napoli and Juventus.
Gervinho alludes to how his new-found form may be down to how he is treated by his new coach, particularly when compared to his previous at Arsenal; Arsene Wenger: 'Surely, I had more affinity with Garcia than I had with Wenger,' he is quoted to have said by Gazetta dello Sport.
'There is faith from everyone and we have started in a good way. My goals? My worry wasn't to score but to adapt myself to the project and let the group know me.'
Garcia noted that Gervinho is a confidence player: 'He is a lad who needs confidence and we must understand that opportunities he creates don't exist without him there. Gervinho has more experience now, is happy with his Roma team-mates and it's easier for him to play with such talented players by his side.'
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