Gervinho joined Arsenal from French side Lille back in 2011. His time at the Emirates Stadium was mixed in terms of form, as he has was unplayable at times, while at the same time he could be most frustrating.
The Ivorian was therefore on the long list of in excess players who were offloaded over the summer by Arsenal who were on a personal mission to knock off a major chunk of their wage bill. They wanted to make room in the squad as they went about chasing big name players over the summer.
As a result, the winger was one of the unfortunate ones to face the axe as the Gunners shipped him to Roma for a reported £9 million. However, the move in turn worked wonders for both him and Arsenal. It turned out to be a win-win for both the parties involved as Gervinho has managed to reinvent him at the Italian outfit, who have picked up 6 wins out of 6 games and sit handsomely at the summit of the Serie A table.
Arsenal themselves have not suffered as they are currently on a roll, and are sitting at the top of the league table and already have a 2 point cushion over their nearest rivals.
Sky Sports report that Gervinho was asked whether his move was indeed a blessing for both of them to which he replied, “I don’t know if my transfer was Arsenal’s gain. All I know is that in Roma I have found exactly what I was looking for – a chance to play more, under a great coach who has faith in me, at a great club with big ambition.”
“At Roma I am happy and enjoying myself. Our goal is to qualify for Europe, but the Scudetto is not impossible. The team is good, the environment is positive and determined. There is confidence we can get to the top.”
With the 26-year old sounding very happy with his new life in Italy, there could not have been a better end to the fortunes of him and his former club.