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Gervinho hits out at Wenger and Arsenal

ESPN staff
February 7, 2014
Gervinho previously criticised Wenger when he left in the summer

Gervinho has criticised former club Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger by claiming he did not learn much during his time at the Emirates.

Gervinho moved to Roma last summer after spending two seasons with the Gunners, scoring just 11 goals in 63 appearances under Wenger.

But Gervinho, who has enjoyed a new lease of life at Roma under boss Rudi Garcia, has hit out at Arsenal for his lack of playing time and his struggles.

"The fundamental difference between the Roma and Arsenal is the coach. Garcia here gives me confidence, I know that he believes in me. When I wake up in the morning, I really like going to work: I cannot wait to train and stay with my coach and my team-mates," Gervinho told Sports Ilustrated.

"In Italy the people are great. Rome is wonderful and the passion for football is strong, but a lot of these qualities were also in England. What I learned at Arsenal? Honestly, not so much, because you cannot learn a lot if you're on the bench."

Gervinho scored twice for Roma in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Napoli in the Coppa Italia, with the double seeing his total rise to eight goals for the season since he joined the club.

And a lack of game time was one of the main reasons why Gervinho decided to leave Arsenal.

"I left England because I was not playing. Almost always be among the reserves was the worst thing for me and for my confidence," he said.

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