Occasionally a transfer comes along where it turns out to be perfect for both parties.
Gervinho to Roma was certainly one.
The Ivory Coast international flattered to deceive at Arsenal, frustrating supporters with manager Arsene Wenger stating after his sale that the player had become frightened to express his talents at the Emirates.
There was little doubt about his talent, and the fact he is enjoying unbridled success at Roma under his former coach at Lille also comes as no surprise.
The 26-year-old has been crucial in Roma's table topping form, with three goals and three assists in eight Serie A games so far.
The player has though risked upsetting his former boss, and not for the first time.
At the end of August he stated that Wenger had no confidence in him - a statement which by the end was apparently true, even if the manager insisted the lack was actually his own.
Now he has gone onto take another swipe at the Frenchman in an Italian television interview, by claiming he did not grow as a player under his management.
He told RaiSport: "In my first team I played barefoot, I had to pass three tests to get a shirt and his boots.
"Garcia? He is the only coach who made me grow. The double against Bologna was an intense moment."
It was quite the love-in. Manager Rudi Garcia went onto describe Gervinho as a 'rare player.'
"Gervinho is an unpredictable player, he is difficult for opponents to stop. Against Genoa was the goal that most made me happy, because he scored with the left which is certainly not his preferred foot. He is a player rare, there are few players who can dribble like him."
Gervinho clearly loves his time at Roma so far, but his repeated swipes at Arsene Wenger do him few favours. What happened to being thankful for the opportunity and faith shown in him in the first place?
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