Gervinho wasn’t given enough first team opportunities at the Emirates Stadium.
Former Arsenal star Gervinho has come out with some astonishing quotes attributed to him by the Mirror, with the Ivory Coast international reportedly claiming that he “hates” the club and manager Arsene Wenger after the lack of support and first team action given to him during his frustrating time in North London.
Gervinho has gone on to become one of the most tricky and dangerous players in European football since leaving the Emirates Stadium to join up with his former manager Rudi Garcia at AS Roma, with the Ivorian refinding the form that persuaded Arsene Wenger to sign him from Lille.
He became something of a running joke for his spell at Arsenal, however, with Gervinho known for his lack of end product and inability to turn his close control and tricks into anything tangible – something that he has certainly ironed out of his game since moving to the Stadio Olimpico.
Gervinho has hit out at the ‘treatment’ he believed he received at the hands of former manager Wenger in the past, but these latest comments are certainly the most extreme that the winger has come out with since he was allowed to leave Arsenal:
“As a child I dreamed of playing for Arsenal, because I loved them.”
“Now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me.”
Gervinho also stuck the boot in to Wenger by heaping praise on the methods of Garcia:
“Garcia doesn’t differentiate between those who are playing and those who aren’t playing. That’s important for a player.”
“He doesn’t only speak to those who are playing, he talks to everyone as there are 25 players in the squad, not just 11.”