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Gervinho: I don't know if my transfer was Arsenal's gain

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AS Roma forward Gervinho is convinced he made the right decision to leave Arsenal this summer, despite the fact his former club have flourished since his departure, reports Sky Sports.

The Ivory Coast international took the decision to embark on a new adventure in Serie 'A' after not being guaranteed regular first-team football in north London.

Arsene Wenger's side have risen to the top of the Premier League table, winning five of their six league matches, have progressed to the fourth round of the League Cup, and retain a 100 per cent record in this year's Champions League.

However, Gunners reject Gervinho has also enjoyed a promising start to the 2013/14 campaign in Italy, scoring three goals already, to help Roma take maximum points from their opening six league fixtures.

The 26-year-old feels reinvigorated at Stadio Olimpico under the stewardship of Rudi Garcia, following a difficult couple of years at the Emirates Stadium.

"I don't know if my transfer was Arsenal's gain," explained Gervinho in an interview with Corriere dello Sport. "All I know is that in Roma I have found exactly what I was looking for - a chance to play more, under a great coach who has faith in me, at a great club with big ambition.

"I never imagined that I would get to work with (Francesco) Totti. It is a pleasure but also a nice burden because with Francesco you must always be alert because he can hand you a decisive pass at any time.

"At Roma I am happy and enjoying myself. Our goal is to qualify for Europe, but the Scudetto is not impossible. The team is good, the environment is positive and determined. There is confidence we can get to the top."

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