Gervinho: I left Arsenal too soon, I didn't show them my ability

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Gervinho was not happy with the treatment he received from Arsene Wenger while at Arsenal.

Former Arsenal forward Gervinho admits that he regrets leaving the Gunners so soon after joining the North London outfit.

The Ivorian international was brought to the Emirates by Arsene Wenger back in 2011, but his career there never ignited and he swiftly exited to join Roma. 

The move has worked well for Gervinho, who has gone on to impress at the Italian side, but he explained today that he still is frustrated about how his time at Arsenal worked out. 

"My frustration is I quit Arsenal too soon," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "I left a club I loved without really showing how good I was. I am happy I went there and was able to work with Wenger.

"I never thought I’d quit after just two seasons."

Gervinho believes that part of his problem was that he became ostracised because of Wenger's attitude towards him. 

He says that the Frenchman would give differential treatment to players depending on whether they were in his starting line-up or not and that was one of the reasons why he failed to find his top form.

'Wenger never had faith in me," he explained. "I dreamed of playing for them, I loved them since I was a child. I don’t detest Arsenal because of the way Wenger treated me."

Gervinho actually became a figure of much derision at the Emirates, after his lack of end product was regularly ridiculed. 

The 27-year-old made a habit of getting into dangerous positions, but failing to capitalise and frustrations grew over his wasteful performances.

At Roma, this lack of cutting edge hasn't been on display, though, and he now plays a key role for Rudi Garcia's side, where he appears to be enjoying his football once again. 

Gervinho made 63 appearances for Arsenal over his two year stay, scoring 11 times for the club. 

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