Report: Former Arsenal flop Gervinho closing in on surprise UAE move from Roma

Former Arsenal striker Gervinho could be set for a rather dramatic switch.

According to reports by Sky Sports Italia, Arsenal flop Gervinho is ready to quit Roma for a move to the UAE with Al Jazira, amid negotiations in Rome this weekend.

“The club's president, Ammar Bashir, was in Berlin yesterday for the Champions League final and today is expected in Rome to try to close the deal, there is optimism the negotiation will be finalised. Gervinho is ready to leave Roma, Al Jazira is waiting for him,” the report states.

The Ivorian international joined the Gunners in an £11.2 million deal in the summer of 2011, as per the Daily Mail, though his time in North London suggested he was not one of Arsene Wenger’s better buys.

After a measly nine goals in 46 Premier League games in two years in North London, the 28-year-old departed for Italy after concluding a deal with Roma.

His debut season in the Italian capital went well – 12 goals in 37 starts in all competitions – with some observers feeling perhaps the Gunners had been a little too hasty in getting rid of him.

Fast forward another year and such talk is now well and truly quashed as Gervinho disappointed, netting just two Serie A goals and struggling to hold down a regular first-team spot.

His time at the club is coming to an end, and fresh reports claim a deal is almost struck which will see the once highly-rated attacker surprisingly abandon European football altogether.

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