Gervinho: Coaching the difference between Arsenal, Roma stints

The Ivorian, who has experienced a career renaissance at Roma, believes Arsene Wenger did not have faith in him like Rudi Garcia.
Gervinho has implied that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did not believe in him the way Roma boss Rudi Garcia does.

The Cote d'Ivoire winger was reunited with coach Garcia — under whom he played at Lille before his move to the Premier League — in an 8 million euro move to Italy this summer, after an indifferent spell with the Gunners.

Gervinho has subsequently shone at the Stadio Olimpico and he revealed the difference in his form is down to the coach having faith in him.

"The difference between Roma and Arsenal? The coach," the 26-year-old told Sports Illustrated. "Here my coach, Rudi Garcia, gives me confidence, I know that he believes in me. When I wake up in the morning, I like to come to work, I cannot wait."

Gervinho scored twice against Napoli during Wednesday's Coppa Italia clash with Napoli — a result that keeps Roma in the hunt for a domestic double, as it sits nine points behind Serie A leader Juventus with a game in hand.

The Ivorian attributes his personal success to the fact he looks forward to playing for the Giallorossi, unlike his time in England, and claims he did not learn anything from Arsenal.

"I could say that my success has been thanks to coming to Italy, but it is not so," he said. "I am happy here, the city is fantastic, there are wonderful teammates and friends alike, but many of these qualities were also in England.

"Life in Italy is the same as it was before me. I honestly did not learn much from Arsenal. It is difficult to learn anything on the sidelines. I left because I was not playing. Not enough. In Rome, however, it is another story."

Roma faces Lazio on Sunday in the Derby della Capitale.