Former Gunner Gervinho says his time at Arsenal wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be, but that he’s glad to have gone in order to play more regular football.
The Ivorian became something of a byword for inefficiency and unpredictability, but claimed it wasn’t all bad in his two year spell at the Emirates.
“I think I had a great time during my spell in England, especially at Arsenal,” he told FourFourTwo (although we’re struggling to think about where else he might have enjoyed himself).
“I really enjoyed playing for that club. It’s true that I did not think I would leave after two seasons, but I’m pretty happy.
“I don’t really agree with the thought that everything was negative for me at Arsenal. I reckon I could have done better if the circumstances were different, I need a lot of playing time and that’s why I decided to leave the club.”
He kind of glosses over the fact that much of the playing time he missed was down to him having to bugger off the African Cup of Nations in both seasons following his move from Lille. Not his fault, obviously, but when you’re not around for a few months at a time, you can’t expect to come waltzing back into the team unless you’re one of the best players.
And with all due respect to him, he wasn’t that. He also claimed that he didn’t have the full confidence of Arsene Wenger during his time at the club.
“Wenger, well, I think he’s one of the great coaches. He’s someone I have great respect for and I’m also very happy to have been able to play for his club
“I think forwards need to feed on the confidence of their managers, I would have preferred to have that chance.”
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