Ex-Arsenal winger Gervinho has admitted he needed a change from the Emirates Stadium after a couple of up-and-down years at the north London club, according to Sky Sports.

The Ivory Coast international has left Arsenal for Roma, to play under his former-Lille coach Rudi Garcia.

And, while he insists the move to Serie A is not a backwards step in his career, Gervinho admits he wanted to leave the Gunners after two seasons of failing to nail down a starting place.

"I was very happy to play for Arsenal, I played there for two seasons, but there were highs and lows," said Gervinho. "Maybe I could have done better, but after two years I wanted a change."

After selling Gervinho, Wenger claimed the Ivorian lacked confidence in his ability during his time in the Premier League - something the player said he doesn't necessarily agree with.

"I respect him as a coach and I am happy to have played for him," Gervinho continued. "It is difficult to judge his words.

"With Garcia I can play more and have more confidence. I am sure I have the qualities to do well here."

And Gervinho admitted he's looking to forward to a fresh start in Italy, and to playing again under Garcia in the Italian capital.

"Roma showed a lot of interest and I did not hesitate because I know Rudi Garcia well and consider him to be a great coach," Gervinho continued.

"I have left a great club in Arsenal, but this isn't a step back in my career. This team is strong and I hope to do well and win something with Roma."

Arsenal have not replaced Gervinho yet, but Arsene Wenger insists the club is working hard in the transfer market to bring in one or two new faces before the deadline.

Yaya Sanogo, a free transfer from France, is the club's only addition so far this summer.

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