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Arsenal wrong to sell Gervinho to AS Roma?

Gervinho sparkles in Rome. (©GettyImages)
Gervinho sparkles in Rome. (©GettyImages).

"I made that decision because he looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates."

Those were the words spoken by Arsene Wenger to Arsenal's official website when asked why he allowed Gervinho to leave for AS Roma in the summer.

Not many fans wailed in sorrow at the sight of the Ivory Coast international packing his bags and leaving Arsenal's London Colney training ground for good.

Gervinho had a baffling two seasons playing in the Premier League for Arsenal.

After signing from Lille in the summer of 2011, he went on to become a laughing stock at the Emirates.

Glaring misses, coupled with dribbles resembling a headless chicken with a football, left fans wondering why Wenger had parted with the best part of £11m for his services.

But there were always signs that there was a good player somewhere underneath that questionable hairstyle.

Terrific performances against Chelsea and Manchester City in the early days of last season suggested he was finally settling at the Emirates.

But that good form regressed and he eventually started to play a smaller and smaller role in Wenger's plans.

He was allowed to leave for £8m and Rudi Garcia at Roma, who formerly managed Gervinho at Lille, was quick to take him off Arsenal's hands.

He has since been rejuvenated in the Italian capital. Three goals in the Serie A have helped shoot Roma to the top of a highly competitive Serie A and he is looking nothing like the broken, lost player who was found wandering around the pitch aimlessly in north London.

Yesterday, for the Ivory Coast, he was inspiring. Not only did he win the penalty for the opener but he scored the second - later accredited to the Senegalese defender as an own goal - and directly assisted the third.

So was Wenger too impatient with Gervinho?

It would've taken a minor miracle for Gervinho to rebuild his reputation with the Gunners faithful.

They had all but given up on the winger and were quick to moan and groan whenever the next inevitable mistake occurred.

He has obviously be revitalised by the fresh challenge and looks like he will only get better.

But another season at the Emirates would have given him one last chance to show his potential. He is obviously a great player and could have been for Arsenal. 

If Wenger was more patient, Arsenal could have be placing a Gervinho shaped statue outside their Emirates stadium in a few years time. 

We'll never know.

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