Ivory Coast international has been in fine form since switch to Italian capital.
Former Arsenal ace Gervinho has revealed that he ‘didn’t learn much’ during his time in England, and praised current boss Rudi Garcia for re-igniting his career.
The 26-year-old has put a disappointing spell at the Emirates behind him this year, as after reuniting with former coach Garcia in Rome, he has begun to re-discover the form which earned him a move to the Premier League.
The former Lille star insists that the French tactician is behind his resurgence, and that he is also enjoying playing football again with the Giallorossi.
“The difference between Roma and Arsenal? The Coach,” Gervinho has considered to Sports Illustrated in quotes released today, as reported by Football Italia.
“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 a brace in his side’s 3-2 win over Napoli in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final clash on Wednesday, and has been an integral part of Roma’s sustained Scudetto bid this season.
Still capable of missing a glaring opportunity, the Ivorian has looked much improved since his move to Italy, and conceded that through lack of playing time he didn’t perhaps learn as much as he expected prior to his switch to London.
“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.”
Roma remain nine points adrift of Juventus at the top of the Serie A table with a game in hand, but with no European football to distract them as the Turin giants prepare for the return of the Europa League schedule, the capital club will be confident of reducing the gap between now and May.