Friday February 7 2014
Gervinho: Difference is Garcia

Gervinho has mused that the difference between his time with Arsenal and his success with Roma is very much down to the Coach.

The Ivory Coast international has managed to put a disappointing spell in North London behind him with a burst of scoring activity and form for Giallorossi.

For the 26-year-old, reuniting with former Lille boss Rudi Garcia is the reason for the turnaround.

“The difference between Roma and Arsenal? The Coach,” Gervinho has considered to Sports Illustrated in quotes released today.

“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.

“I could say that my success has been thanks to coming to Italy, but it is not so.

“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 for me.

“What did I learn at Arsenal? Honestly, not much. It is difficult to learn anything on the sidelines.

“Why did I leave? Because I was not playing. Not enough. In Rome, however, it is another story.”