Ex-Gunner Gervinho says he doesn’t regret his disappointing spell at Arsenal claiming the experience was not only positive but the fulfilment of a long-held dream.
The Ivorian international quit the Emirates to team up with former Lille boss Rudi Garcia at AS Roma last summer and has made an instant impact in Italy helping the Giallorossi to second place in Serie A.
His impact, five goals and five assists in 18 games, marks a stark contrast to the inconsistency he showed in London where he notched 11 goals in 63 appearances over two seasons.
Admitting that confidence and regular game time is key to his game, Gervinho told L’Equipe: “I think my adventure in London was positive. 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.”
Teaming up with ‘father figure’ Garcia has obviously seen something click for the Ivorian. Even the legendary Francesco Totti has been impressed, recently telling Gazzetta dello Sport, “Up close he is a beast. If he also scored goals, he would be Cristiano Ronaldo and Roma would never have got him.”
It’s a bit of a backhanded compliment, when you think that Ronaldo ‘without goals’ is little more than a preening prat who might at best have been an extra in an Iberian version of Cocktail. Anyway, we digress…
Talking of Gunners who’ve impressed since leaving the Wenger bosom Carlos Vela has hit the news in Mexico after confirming he won’t play for his country in the World Cup this summer.
Mr Chips has been on fire for Real Sociedad, a run of form which began while on loan from the Gunners a couple of years ago, but confirmed via a statement on the Mexican Football Federation that, “He is not 100% mentally and emotionally ready.”
He’s not played for Mexico since 2011 when he picked up a six-month ban for partying with what The Sun tastefully described as, “14 vice girls and a tranny.” There was also drinking and gambling involved. Naturally.
It must have been some party if he’s still not recovered…
It’s a shame he’s not playing because watching Gunners past and present is pretty much what the World Cup is all about. That and booze, gambling and err…ah we see now Carlos.
Elsewhere, word reaches Arseblog News that Amaury Bischoff is on the cusp of big things in the States.
The perma-injured Portuguese has been approached by Hollywood agents to play a cameo role in an upcoming film starring Boardwalk Empire star Ron Livingston, to whom he bears a striking resemblance.
He’d be the first ex-Arsenal player to act in a major motion picture since Nelson Vivas had a small role in Quentin Tarantino’s underground Sex-Mex short Mi Labia, Tu Pistola.