Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed why he allowed Gervinho to complete a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

Gervinho sealed a move to Italian club Roma earlier this month to link up with former manager Rudi Garcia - despite only being at the Premier League club for two seasons.

Speaking exclusively to Arsenal's official website, Wenger said: "I made that decision [to sell Gervinho] because he looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates.

"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."

After allowing a number players to leave the club this summer, Wenger is now hoping to add to his squad by bringing in a number of top class signings.

It was reported at the start of the summer that Wenger was set to splash the cash after being given a £70million war chest.

However Wenger has so far only been able to bring in French starlet Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer. 

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