PHOTO: Gervinho robbed of shorts by crowd as Ivory Coast qualify for AFCON

Gervinho

The former Arsenal star was at the centre of wild celebrations after Ivory Coast's game with Cameroon.

The Ivory Coast's 0-0 draw with Cameroon may not have been the most exciting spectacle of football, but the scenes of celebration that followed the final whistle, which confirmed both teams qualification for the African Cup of Nations certainly injected a modicum of notability regarding the fixture.

The Ivorian home fans rushed onto the pitch, surrounding the players and scaling the goals while police struggled to contain them, and former Arsenal star Gervinho, who played the full 90 minutes, had his shorts literally pulled off him by one over-exuberant supporter.

He may be a figure that attracts derision from Arsenal fans due to his ill-fated spell at the club, but Gervinho remains a hero in his home country of Ivory Coast.

The skilful winger left the Emirates with his tail between his legs having failed to bring his impressive Ligue 1 form into the Premier League with the Gunners.

The 27-year-old scored 11 goals across two seasons for Arsenal, and was sold to Roma in 2013 with a  strong sense of good riddance as a result of some less than impressive performances.

However, since relocating to the Italian capital, the former Lille man has found his form again under previous boss Rudi Garcia, scoring 12 times to help the Giallorossi to second place in Serie A, their best season in years.

Things are the same this year too, with Roma just 3 points leaders Juventus after 11 games, and with the Ivorian boasting 4 goals in 9 games.

With Ivory Coast's qualification for the African Cup of Nations, Gervinho is sit to miss a large chunk of football in January and Februay, as the Elephants seek to win a first title since 1992.

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