I ‘hate’ Arsenal & Wenger, says ex-Gunner

Gervinho has revealed that he hates Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for the way he was treated at the Emirates Stadium.

The Ivorian attacker joined the Gunners from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2011 after carving out a reputation as one of the very best young attackers in European football.

However, his spell in north London was not a fruitful one, as he struggled for game time under Wenger and failed to live up to the billing he received upon his arrival.

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Gervinho spent just two seasons with Arsenal before joining Roma last year in a £7m deal.

He’s since thrived in Italy under Rudi Garcia – who coached him at Lille – bagging an impressive 17 goals and assists for the Serie A giants.

The 27-year-old says he’s thrilled to feel truly valued and that he hates Arsenal for the treatment he received from Wenger:

“He [Wenger] never had confidence in me,” he is quoted by The Express. “As a child I dreamed of playing for Arsenal, because I loved them.

“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.

“Now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me.

“However, I regretted leaving the club after such a short time without being able to show my worth, which I’m now doing at Roma instead.”


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