£10.8m Arsenal flop: 'Satisfied' with 'good season' after leaving Gunners

Gervinho has been speaking about his debut term since leaving Arsenal for AS Roma.

When Arsenal flogged Ivory Coast international Gervinho last summer we doubt a tear was shed in North London, at least not those who support Arsenal anyway.

His comic hairstyle had mirrored his footballing performances for long enough. His bumbling running style, inability to score and general frustration causing culminated with that miss against Bradford City which seemed to spell the end of his Arsenal career.

When signed from Lille for a whopping £10.8 million he was one of Ligue 1's most exciting prospects - Arsene Wenger was onto another winner.

But it never panned out that way. After two disappointing campaigns with the Gunners many had forgotten his previous promise.

Apart from his former coach that is. Rudi Garcia managed Gervinho at Lille - and swiftly pushed to bring him to his new club AS Roma.

Now, Gervinho has been speaking about his first season since leaving Arsenal - and he certainly seems happy with his achievements.

He told the Federation Ivoirienne de Football official website:

“This is a season that I can call good, because we have achieved the goals that were set by the club, that is to qualify for a European competition and we managed to qualify for the Champions League. Managers, supporters, players, everyone was satisfied with the team. So we had a good season. Thankfully adaptating has been easy because I already knew the coach and I benefited from his trust. Thereafter I quickly integrated into the group.”

And he should be happy. Gervinho was one of the stars of Serie A last season - especially at the start. In fact at one point, he was even dubbed the 'African Messi'.

The faith he has from his coach is obviously a big positive. He has spoken already of how Arsene Wenger did not believe in him - and the differences between the Arsenal boss and his fellow Frenchman Garcia.

Whatever the difference is it has Gervinho firing on all cylinders, as he hopes to help guide the Ivory Coast to a World Cup shock or two this summer.

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