Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger didn’t have faith in me, says Gervinho

Roma striker Gervinho claims Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had no faith in striker - and that's why he moved to Rome

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Arsene Wenger's side finished fourth in the Premier League table last season Photo: Back Page Images

Gervinho says he had to leave Arsenal because Arsene Wenger had no confidence in the Ivory Coast international.

The 26-year-old sealed a move to Roma earlier in August after two disappointing seasons with the north London side, managing 11 goals in 63 appearances for Wenger’s men.

And the Gunners boss, who signed the African from Lille in 2011, believes Gervinho could benefit from having a new challenge at the Serie A side.

And Gervinho insists Wenger had no faith in the forward and he had to move to the Rome outfit.

“Wenger’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,” said Gervinho.

“I think forwards need to feed on the confidence of their managers, I would have preferred to have that chance.

“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.”

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