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Ivorian reveals reasons for Arsenal exit

Gervinho says he needed more playing time

By | 29th August 2013
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Ivorian international Gervinho has spoken publicly about his recent departure from Arsenal, hailing former manager Arsene Wenger. The attacker joined Serie A side Roma earlier this summer, and revealed his belief that he needed more playing time at the Emirates Stadium.

Gervinho’s arrival at Roma will lessen the blow of losing star Erik Lamela to Tottenham, although Roma fans will be hoping the Ivorian can drastically improve on his lack of consistency. Gervinho stressed that he felt he had lost the confidence of Wenger, leading to his decrease in form and confidence.

“Wenger’s one of the great coaches. He’s someone I have great respect for and I’m also very happy to have been able to play for his club,” Gervinho said following his move to Roma, according to Metro.

“I think forwards need to feed on the confidence of their managers, I would have preferred to have that chance. I really enjoyed playing for that club. It’s true that I did not think I would leave after two seasons, but I’m pretty happy.

“I don’t really agree with the thought that everything was negative for me at Arsenal. I reckon I could have done better if the circumstances were different, I need a lot of playing time and that’s why I decided to leave the club.”

While Gervinho has left Arsenal, the Gunners have only been able to bring in free transfers Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini. The latter, Flamini, makes his return to north London following five years in Italy with AC Milan, and will be hoping to add to his collection of just a single FA Cup triumph with the Gunners.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will face one of Gervinho’s Serie A rivals in the group stages of the Champions League, as the Gunners have been drawn alongside Rafa Benitez’s resurgent Napoli side. Ligue 1 outfit Marseille and Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund round out Group F.

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  1. The time you had to play never reflected immerse positive was characterised with losts of running around and wasted chances.

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