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Arsenal sell Gervinho to AS Roma

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Italian giants AS Roma have completed the signing of Arsenal forward Gervinho for a reported fee of £8m.

The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has joined the Rome-based outfit where he will be reunited with his former coach Rudi Garcia.

Arsenal released a statement on their website, thanking Gervinho for his contribution to the club in his two seasons in London and wished him well for his future career.

Gervinho also showed his gratitude to Arsenal with a tweet on his official Twitter account.

"Thanks to all Arsenal fans for their support during my two years as a Gunner", Gervihno wrote. "Thanks to all my team mates and Arsenal staff".

Gervinho had limited first-team opportunities in his final season at Arsenal following the arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and has now joined former Arsenal players Andre Arshavin, Andre Santos, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci out of the club in what has become a mini summer clear-out.

The clearance may continue with Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh reportedly close to joining Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace.

In total, Gervinho scored 11 goals in 63 appearances for Arsenal.

Gervinho started his career at Ivory Coast club side ASEC Abidjan, before moving to Belgian club Beveren where he spent two seasons. The French Ligue 1 would be his next destination, firstly with Le Mans and then Lille, where he won the Ligue 1 title in his second season with the club under current AS Roma manager Rudi Garcia.

Although his time in London was not a huge success, Gervinho has the talent to become one of the top wingers in Europe - and he could achieve this at AS Roma.

 

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