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Why Arsenal were wrong to sell Gervinho?

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Arsenal sold Gervinho to Roma in the summer last year but were the Gunners wrong to sell him?

The Ivorian joined Arsenal from Lille in 2011 but was very hit and miss, only scoring nine goals in 46 appearances over two years.

But since he has joined Roma, Gervinho has been in good form - scoring four goals in 15 games, helping Roma to currently be second in Serie A behind Juventus.

Gervinho enjoyed a good start to life in Italy when Roma went 17 games unbeaten, a run that went from August to January.

Now Arsenal face injury concerns to a number of forward options including Theo Walcott's season-ending injury which he sustained against Tottenham in the FA Cup, a player like Gervinho would have been a good replacement, as he has had experience playing up front on his own and has a lot of pace.

The Ivory Coast international would work well with Olivier Giroud who does a good job in holding the ball up and winning headers in attacking positions. Gervinho is a player who makes runs off the striker and would provide the big Frenchman with a target to aim at if he wins the ball.

Gervinho provides a quick attacking threat which Arsenal lack at the moment as only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can provide this and he has only just recovered from injury himself.

In recent games the North London side have been under pressure from teams and have struggled to find any sort of outlet over the half way line as they don't have the explosive pace that Walcott or Gervinho can provide. 

Arsenal need something different to trouble oppositions and Gervinho could have solved this. The Gunners need quick wingers and letting Gervinho go last summer could turn out to be a huge mistake.

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