The Ivorian forward never managed to produce his best form for Arsenal and few Gunners fans were disappointed to see him leave in August 2013.
Since then, however, Gervinho has found his shooting boots and has tormented Serie A defences with his pace, vision and finishing.
"Even though I do have history with the Premier League, the game against Man City is motivation in its own right," Gervinho told a press conference.
"We want to progress in the Champions League and that is what matters.
"Even if this game had been against Arsenal it wouldn't have been about revenge for me."
Gervinho has bemoaned Arsene Wenger's lack of trust in him in the past and he could be forgiven for wanting to send a message to football fans in England that he was unfairly criticised during his Arsenal spell.