Ex-Arsenal winger Gervinho has put his miserable time at the Emirates Stadium behind him and now ranks alongside the best player’s plying their trade in Serie A.
The 27-year-old, who played a starring role as Roma comfortably beat Cagliari 2-0 at the Stadio Olympico on Sunday evening, has formed a lethal allegiance with the likes of Mattia Destro and Juan Iturbe and is currently spearheading their quest for a first Scudetto since 2001.
He is expected to be in action again on Wednesday evening as Roma travel to Parma, and will be looking to help maintain their unbeaten start to the season at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
It has been a long and difficult journey to the top, with his time in North London often marred by fan criticism and poor performances on the pitch.
In his two seasons with Arsene Wenger’s side he managed to find the net just 11 times in 63 appearances, and failed to end their long wait for silverware in the process.
The Ivory Coast international saw red on his debut for the Gunners’ against Newcastle United at St James’ Park for slapping Joey Barton, an act that saw him suspended for three games as a result.
However, with Wenger embarking on a summer clear-out last summer, the curtain came crashing down on his time on English soil with Roma securing his services for £8million.
Rejuvanted at Roma
Yet since arriving in the Italian capital in the summer of 2013 he has rebuilt a reputation that seemed in tatters during his time in England.
Rudi Garcia immediately coaxed the best from him, with the Ivorian beating his entire goal tally in just a solitary campaign.
He scored 12 times in 37 appearances last term as they missed out on the Scudetto to Antonio Conte’s Juventus, but helped them win 10 consecutive league games at the start of the season.
Gervinho has started this season on fire, and was particularly impressive in the Champions League demolition of Russian side CSKA Moscow – scoring twice and assisting another in a 5-1 romp.
He also hit Roma’s opening goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Fiorentina last month, and now looks a far cry from the forlorn figure that suffered in England.
Roma amassed a club record of 85 points last term and will be hoping to end Juventus’ recent spell of domestic dominance.
With Kevin Strootman still to return from injury and Destro and Iturbe shining, they stand a great chance of ending their wait for the title the fans crave so much.
Gervinho is the star however and continuing to impress could see the good times return in Rome.
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