Gervinho was one of the players that was affected by the tsunami that swept through the Emirates in the summer, Gervinho has hit back through the media that Wenger is to blame for his failure at Arsenal.
“I was not getting much time on the pitch and was in need of this time to improve and play my best football. Wenger was not prepared to give it to me,” he explained to The Sun.
“Also my position on the wing was not what I was expecting and I wasn’t happy with it.”
It’s very intriguing how short a player’s memory could be. Gervinho complained of not having enough play time on the pitch but I wonder if he knew he had more than enough time to justify the faith Wenger had in him? During his time at the club, he had over 34 appearances but scored only 4 goals and in his second season, he had 26 appearances. Reduction in play time was due to his poor performance during his AFCON participation and didn’t deserve more after his poor performance in front of goal. Notable amongst his misses was the open goal miss in the loss to Bradford and a one on one miss against Blackburn. Because of this misses, Arsenal were eliminated from the Capital One Cup and FA Cup respectively.
Gervinho Has accused Wenger of playing him in the wrong position and that was what contributed to his poor performance. Am sure Arsenal faithful will be wondering what’s his real position is? At his former club Lille, he played in a triumvirate attack alongside Moussa Sow and Eden Hazard and that was the same role he assumed at Arsenal, occupying the left wing alongside Van Persie (centre) and Walcott (right) in his maiden season but in his second season following the sale of the Dutch traitor, he was used as a central striker or false 9 while Giroud bedded in. All these Wenger did to make a success out of him but all to no avail.
Now that he is gone, instead of crying of the supposed ill treatment from Wenger, he should learn from his past mistakes and improve and show more seriousness on the field. He should also reduce his wastefulness in front of goal. Not every team will create ample chances for just a player to spurn them all.