Roma forward Gervinho has retorted to criticism that he underachieved under the guidance of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The Ivorian, who has been in sensational form since arriving in the Italian capital from the Gunners last summer has expressed his discontent regarding his former manager's belief in his abilities.

Once asked why he was having more success in Italy than in England, the former Lille player stated the managerial change was a vital component in him rediscovering his form.

He told Sports Illustrated: "The difference between Roma and Arsenal? The coach.

"Here my coach, Rudi Garcia, gives me confidence, I know that he believes in me. When I wake up in the morning, I like to come to work, I cannot wait."

Wenger's unwillingness to fully trust Gervinho at the Emirates Stadium evidently shattered his confidence and led to him questioning his role within the club.

Now, it appears as if this traumatised the 26-year-old to an extent where he resented his former coach for not affording him his full backing when the player was most vulnerable having been heavily scrutinised by fans and pundits alike during his stay in the English capital.

Since his departure from Arsenal, the Ivory Coast international has reignited his passion to play and he has went on record to attribute that to having more exposure to the first team and been a more instrumental figure in Rudi Garcia's Roma side.

"I could say that my success has been thanks to coming to Italy, but it is not so," he went on to say. "I am happy here, the City is fantastic, there are wonderful team-mates and friends alike, but many of these qualities were also in England.

"Life in Italy is the same as it was before for me. I honestly did not learn much from Arsenal. It is difficult to learn anything on the sidelines.

"I left because I was not playing. Not enough. In Rome however, it is another story."

Gervinho has scored five times this season for Roma as the Giallorossi continue to pursue their first Scudetto title since the 2000-20001 season, but he has also performed admirably in the distribution role with seven assists in addition to his goal tally in 18 league games.

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