Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the reasons behind selling Ivory Coast international Gervinho this summer to Italian side AS Roma.
The Frenchman admitted that the winger lacked confidence and was in desperate need of a new challenge and that is why he allowed him to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer in a £7million move, which sees Arsenal lose out on £4million after they signed him from French side Lille for £11million.
During his two years at Arsenal, Gervinho was never able to find his Lille-form and only really turned on the style at the beginning for the 2012/2013 season, but after picking up an injury, the Ivorian never re-found his form and eventually left the North London based club.
Speaking to the club’s official wesbite, Wenger revealed the reasons behind selling Gervinho.
“I made that decision [to sell Gervinho] because he looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates,” explained Wenger in his exclusive interview on Arsenal Player.
“He is a very creative player, an instinctive dribbler and for that you need a lot of confidence to be completely efficient. I felt that in the last six months it was very difficult for him to express his talent in a confident way.
“Then you sit there and think, ‘Do I bring him back or does he need a new challenge to get that confidence back?’ and I did not want to stop him from getting a new chance.”
The sale of Gervinho leaves Arsenal with just three recognised wingers in; Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt