Gervinho may have struggled to make his mark in the Premier League during his two years at Arsenal, but he seems to be doing fine at AS Roma.
The Ivory Coast international forward joined the Italian club from Arsenal last summer and was a key player in their second-place finish in Serie A, scoring nine goals and proving 10 assists.
The 27-year-old forward has started the 2014-15 campaign brightly too and scored twice in Roma’s 5-1 hammering of CSKA Moscow at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the Champions League earlier this month.
Gervinho has been in brilliant form since his move to Serie A and appears to have got his career back on track. The key reason is his reunion with his former Lille coach Rudi Garcia, who took charge of Roma last summer.
‘He’s been able to get his ideas across well and apply his style of play, which is based on holding onto the ball as much as possible’, Gervinho told Fifa.com. ‘All the players immediately bought into his plans, and the results followed.
‘Personally speaking, I first met him in 2007, when I was at Le Mans. I also played under him at Lille in 2009, and then we came together again at Roma last season. To sum up, we know each other very well; I understand what makes him tick, and vice versa’.
During his time at Arsenal, Gervinho was often played as a winger by manager Arsene Wenger and failed to deliver. At Roma, the former Le Mans star is deployed up front by Garcia, which is a key reason why he has been so successful.