But since the error prone Ivorian made his way to the exit door at The Emirates his career trajectory has rocketed sky high.
Gervinho was sold to AS Roma in the summer after his former Lille coach Rudi Garcia took over the Giallorossi - and insisted on bringing in the player who cost Arsenal £10.8 million.
He went on to help Roma fly out the blocks this season and was even been dubbed ‘the African Messi’ by a local journalist.
But his goal this evening was so simple we imagine he would have put it in the back of the net during his worse Arsenal days.
He scored the opening goal in a 4-2 win against Parma today - and seriously, we doubt it could have been any easier.
A strike from Mattia Destro cannoned off the post into his direct path - all Gervinho had to do was put the ball into the back of the Parma net for his seventh game of the season.
Although he certainly seemed to be at least borderline offside…