Friday, 7th February, 2014

Roma forward Gervinho believes he did not learn too much at former club Arsenal, due to his time spent warming the bench.

The Ivorian swapped Arsenal for Roma last summer, reuniting with his former coach at Lille, Rudi Garcia.

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He has instantly settled into Serie A, making a key contribution to a strong Roma campaign so far which sees the side sitting second, nine points behind leaders Juventus but six in front of third-placed Napoli.

Gervinho though does not credit his positive Roma experience as being down to growing as a player under Arsene Wenger.


"What did I learn at Arsenal? Honestly, not much because you cannot learn much from being on the bench", Gervinho told Sport Illustrated.

"I left England because I was not playing. Not enough.

"The most difficult moment was being on the bench. That was the worst part for me and my confidence."

The 26-year-old has found the back of the net five times in 17 Serie A games for the Giallorossi this term, also providing seven assists for his team-mates to feast upon.

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