The £10.8m Arsenal reject who could shine at the FIFA World Cup

Gervinho may have been a joke at Arsenal but at AS Roma and for the Ivory Coast he is the real deal.

The FIFA World Cup is now less than a month away and it is a chance to see the best talent in the footballing world all on show in one month. Not only that, but it is an opportunity for new stars to be born at the competition.

However there is also the opportunity to have a look at players who, for whatever reason, you just cannot believe are playing at this stage.

The rejects that have fought back.

For Arsenal that threat comes from Ivorian forward Gervinho.

When Arsenal flogged Gervinho last summer - not many a Gunner fan would have batted an eyelid.

The Ivorian had become something of a running joke at The Emirates - with his bewildering ability to get tangled amongst his own feet and not put the ball in the back of the net 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 last summer did not agree. Rudi Garcia had worked with him at Lille and knew what he was capable of on his day.

It has turned out to be a stunning deal.

Last year in Il Romanista, local journalist Tonino Cagnucci said "Now Africa has its Messi" in reference to Gervinho's stunning form and it really has been that for Arsenal fans, a big surprise.

He has nine goals and 10 assists in Serie A this season and he is travelling to Brazil with the Ivory Coast squad hopeful of pulling off a shock.

He helped them qualify for the competition, tearing Senegal apart in both the first and second leg of their crucial qualification play-off in October and November of last year.

His pace is a great outlet for The Elephants and coupled with a never before seen confidence and ball control, at least as far as Arsenal fans are concerned, he has the potential to be one of the revelations of the tournament.

Much to the bitter taste in Arsenal fan's collective mouth.

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