£10.8m Arsenal flop reveals where his 'great form' is coming from

Gervinho has been signing the praises of his Roma boss Rudi Garcia once again.

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.

If the Roma director Walter Sabatini had his way Gervinho would never have signed for the Giallorossi. In fact the only reason he did so was after plenty of convincing from the new manager.

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.

But Gervinho is in no doubt who he owes his success in the Italian capital to - his manager:

“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.”

Garcia recently beat Arsene Wenger to the French football coach of the year award - and now seems to know how to get the best out of Gervinho ahead of the Gunners boss.

He’ll be taking his job next.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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