When Arsenal flogged Gervinho in the summer - not many a Gunner fan would have batted an eyelid, in fact most would have been pleased.
The Ivorian had become something of a running joke at The Emirates - with his poor strike rate and perpetually tangled feet leaving most Arsenal fans flabbergasted at the fact they paid £10.8 million for him.
But the new appointment as head coach of AS Roma this summer did not agree. He had worked with him at Lille and knew what he was capable of on his day.
So Rudi Garcia went to the Roma board and told them he wanted Gervinho - the flop Arsenal were trying to flog.
But it has turned out to be a stunning deal. His performances have formed the basis of Roma’s excellent start to the season - which has them well in truly in the hunt for the Scudetto.
He was recently dubbed ‘the African Messi’ by local journalist Tonino Cagnucci - so that is how good he has been playing in Italy.
“Over the summer I received many offers, but when I found out Garcia was on the bench I closed all the other doors to come here. I mainly owe my great form at Roma to him. Our objective is Champions League qualification, but then if we manage to go further then it will be extraordinary. I won’t deny it; I’d love to win the Scudetto.”
He’ll be taking his job next.
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