Former Arsenal winger Gervinho has hit out at his treatment during his time in North London.
The Ivorian attacker ended a disappointing two season stint at the Emirates Stadium over the summer, as he left to join Serie A giants Roma.
Gervinho became a Gunners player in in 2011, and arrived at the club with a reputation as one of European football’s finest attackers after an impressive spell with Lille.
However, he was unable to transfer his form across to England, where he was inconsistent at best.
Since joining up with former coach Rudi Garcia in Rome, the 26-year-old has flourished, and is once again displaying his best form.
He says that his revival is down to his manager’s approach, and that his spell with Arsenal taught him very little:
“The fundamental difference between Roma and Arsenal is the coach. Garcia here gives me confidence, I know that he believes in me.” He is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“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.
“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.
“I left England because I was not playing. Almost always be among the reserves was the worst thing for me and for my confidence.”