Arsenal flop hints Wenger to blame for failure

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Ivory Coast international Gervinho has hinted that Arsene Wenger was to blame for his lack of success at Arsenal.

The 26-year-old endured a difficult two-year spell with the Gunners before AS Roma paid €8m for his services last August.

The winger, who cost Arsenal £10.8m in 2011, has since rediscovered his form and confidence - and is currently playing some of the best football of his career with the Serie A outfit.

His recent transformation has come as a major surprise not only to Arsenal supporters but also to regular viewers of the Premier League, many of whom would concede that Gervinho was a bitter disappointment in England.

However, the man himself sees it differently, and believes he could have achieved more with the Gunners had Wenger played him more.

"I think my adventure in London was positive,” he was quoted as saying by L’Equipe. “I have always dreamed of playing for Arsenal, and I had good times there. It's just a shame I didn't get to play more. But it's not a failure.

“All leagues correspond to my qualities, I just need confidence. In the Premier League, it's physical and intense whereas in Italy, there is less space."

Gervinho also reserved special praise for his current manager Rudi Garcia, who the winger also flourished under during his spell with Lille.

"He knows me completely and knows how to give me confidence," Gervinho, who has scored five league goals in 18 appearances this season, added. "He's a person who gives me a lot both on and off the pitch. If I could play my whole career with him, that would suit me. I feel at ease, calm and liberated by his side."

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