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Roma revelation Gervinho: Arsenal didn't give me time

Arsenal fans may not have the fondest memories of Gervinho, but he's on great form for Roma and insists he wasn't given enough of a chance at the Emirates.

Ivory Coast international Gervinho was something of a flop for Arsenal but he is putting his career back on track for Roma.

The 26-year-old forward scored a superb individual goal as Roma saw off Hellas Verona last weekend to reduce Juventus' lead at the top of Serie A to six points.

Gervinho now has five league goals to his name this season and his karate kick style strike also secured victory over Juventus in the Coppa Italia.

It represents an impressive turnaround for a player who was widely ridiculed during his time at Arsenal, which yielded just nine goals in 46 appearances.

"I didn't feel trusted enough at Arsenal," Gervinho told the Daily Mail.

"I wasn't given the time I needed to show my abilities. When I played I was often out of position where I couldn't give my best.

"Now I'm at Roma where we have a great chance to win titles this season and in years to come. I went to Arsenal to win trophies but I won nothing."

Gervinho also hailed countryman and ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as a role model.

"He's a source of inspiration for all of us in the Ivory Coast national team," he said.

"It's not just what he has done on the pitch but all that he has done for our people. When he talks it is like a president trying to inspire his country."

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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