Arsenal Did Not ‘Trust Me’, Claims Gervinho

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Misfiring Ivorian spent just two seasons at the Emirates. 

AS Roma front man Gervinho has claimed his time with Arsenal was “not a failure”, according to reports in the Daily Star.

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The Ivory Coast international joined the north London club from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in the summer of 2011 for a transfer fee of £10.8m.

However, it is fair to say that the forward struggled to win a regular starting berth up front for the Gunners during his two campaigns at the Emirates, with Gervinho then moving on to join Serie A giants Roma for just 8m euros in August 2013.

And the 26-year-old left the Gunners having found the back of the net on just 11 occasions in total in his 63 matches in all competitions, including only nine strikes in his 46 Premier League outings for the club.

“I think my adventure in London was positive,” Gervinho said.

“I have always dreamed of playing for Arsenal, and I had a good time there.

“It’s just a shame that I could not play anymore. But it is not a failure.

“My qualities work in all leagues, I just need to trust.

“The Premier League is the physical and intense, while in Italy there are smaller areas.”