Gervinho: I don't hate Arsenal, I love them: The truth about my comments

Roma star Gervinho has criticised claims that he said he 'hated' Arsenal.

It must be a frustrating time to be Gervinho right now.

The Ivorian international gave an interview to British newspaper The Sun six days ago, when he was honest about his relationship with former club Arsenal.

He said: "My passage from Arsenal was not a failure. I dreamt of playing for them, I loved them since I was a child. I still support them.

“Arsenal is not their manager. I don’t detest Arsenal because of the way Wenger treated me. I jumped from my sofa when they scored the late winner against Southampton last week.

“My frustration is I quit Arsenal too soon. And I left a club I loved without really showing how good I was."

He admits he had to move on because he wanted to play first team football regularly, and it has paid off. He has scored 17 goals and provided 17 assists in 55 games for Roma, compared to 11 goals and 12 assists in 63 matches at Arsenal.

Amazingly the attacker's comments were terribly mistranslated by the Italian press, who claimed Gervinho had been far more acid-tongued about the Gunners.

Yesterday these appeared in the British press, with The Mirror one of several to claim Gervinho said the following: "

As a child I dreamed of playing for Arsenal, because I loved them.

“Now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me. However, I regretted leaving the club after such a short time without being able to show my worth, which I’m now doing at Roma instead.”

Quite a difference, and Gervinho got a tonne of stick from Gooners via his Twitter page, prompting him to put the record straight.

Who could blame him for being annoyed?

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