How many chances did Gervinho expect at Arsenal?

I was absolutely stunned today to read that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have come in for criticism from the departed Ivorian international striker Gervinho. The 26-year old was allowed to leave for Italy and the Serie A side Roma this summer, when Wenger admitted that his confidence was not likely to return at the Emirates.

The story in the Independent reveals that Gervinho thinks that Wenger should have had more faith in him. In my opinion, and a lot of Arsenal fans feel the same, Gervinho was extremely lucky to get as many chances as he did, and I doubt whether many managers would have been so forgiving of his poor performances.

The 26-year old said, “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.

“Also my position on the wing was not what I was expecting and I was not happy with it.”

The boss actually gave Gervinho a good run of games at the start of last season, and the striker started okay, but his form dropped right off, so I’m not sure where he is coming from. I think he was even worse when he played in the middle than he was on the wing, and he was lucky to even be on the pitch most of the time.

Also, in his first season after joining the Gunners from French club Lille, Wenger gave him 37 games, and was rewarded with a paltry four goals. I think the final straw for Wenger came in the Capital One cup game against Bradford last season. Arsenal were in a great position to end the long trophy drought, but Gervinho’s frankly inept and embarrassing performance in front of goal against League 2 Bradford in the quarter-finals meant the game went to penalties, which we lost.

Even after that, Wenger gave the player a few chances when he came back from the AFCON, so there’s gratitude for you.

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64 thoughts on “How many chances did Gervinho expect at Arsenal?

  1. Arsenal Fan

    He doesn’t want to take responsibility, it shows when he was here, and now when he talks

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    1. Straussie

      Why didn’t he say anything while he was here? Now he’s talking scit when he’s far far away. Doesn’t matter anymore besides we got Ozil.

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      1. FT

        He’s a very naughty boy!
        Wenger showed him too much patience, in fact I was beginning to think Wenger was being stubborn by playing him so much.
        I remember when Wenger signed him he said this guy was going to be “fantastique”.
        Pity we didn’t have sign a replacement though.

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        1. dontknowleaveit

          So that Ryo can involve more.. I hope he will be playing soon. He’s a far better winger than Gervinho, and also good in decision making….

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  2. Gooner4Life

    I respected this guy for leaving as he took a pay cut to get more playing time and improve instead of just turning up to training and taking the £60k a week.

    Then he says bullsH1t like this. If he put in the performances, he would get playing time and the manager’s confidence.

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    1. Dhemolaa

      U needed to watch his debut in Roma, missed 2 clear one on ones with the Keeper. Unwitting, Lille was his ceiling as Arsenal was way too much for him with respect to his confidence…

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  3. bashman

    its true wenger stopped playing him once he found out gervinho was crap. the funny thing here though is gervinho and taking chances dont mix like 2 dix.

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  4. LoCkAy

    Gervinho! Really?

    Why are we still talking about that fool???

    What is sticking to my mind right now is the missed chances against Schalke in CL…!!

    Why did Wenger insist on playing that guy as our main striker is beyond my understanding!!!

    Gervinho is also Wenger mistake and he, obviously and thankfully, realised it quickly but at what cost…!!

    Gervinho should be more worry about his performances at Roma because the supporters are not as clement as we are… He will get the “usual” monkey chants and the abuses if he does not cut it…!! The Roma Ultra will show him what life is about…! He should concentrate on that instead of talking about his “failures” at Arsenal.

    Good luck “big forehead “… Believe me you are going to need it.

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    1. Dhemolaa

      Funny enough, he played out wide with Hazard in Lille and in his Home country Ivory Coast. Wonder what came about in his central role at Arsenal which he failed woefully.
      I remembered once, he was put clear by Cazorla he rounded up the Keeper and the goal post as well [goal kick] Poor Gevinho!

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  5. uchejp

    Thank God we realized on time that he can’t make it @ arsenal and let him go before he become a burden for us like bendtner

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  6. trophyhungry gooner

    stupid forehead…he doesnt remember that cz of him we suffered embarassement of being beaten by bradford
    al never 4giv u 4 that mistake gerv

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    1. RK1339

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  7. Aaron

    What is this b*stard talking about we played him ahead of one of Europes best talents (OX) even though Chamberlain was always playing better.
    Why must he leave in such distasteful words?
    You need to fight for your place you ass wipe. You’re not CR7/Messi you cant just walk into the team!

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    1. RK1339

      wow…there are some really silly people here. don’t you have any self-value??

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  8. AFC_Gunner

    We didn’t get the best from Gervinho or maybe he didn’t give his best. Who knows? It didn’t work so we move on and try something else. Next…

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  9. Greg

    Gervinho was given numerous amount of chances, but it should he wasnt good enough to make the cut here at aresnal fc! So wenger realised it was time for gervinho to move on! He was just too indecisive when on the ball, and not taking plain simple chances when, he was open to do so which lead to his demise!

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  10. arse

    GERVINHO all talk no action wow anyway we got ozil nobody missed u when u left u left like a dog and u deserve to be treated like one i lost all respect for u

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  11. T-shirt

    some of your comments here are all fallacies (argumentum ad hominem),why attack the gervinho’$ personality,forehead,calling him a fool,bastard,its quite unethical.
    its all his fault though,collecting a red in his 1st game for arsenal,wayward finishing, i hear he’s at it in his new club,missed 2 sitters,if he continues like this,then he has to blame his new coach too.

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  12. chun

    Jeez Gerv have some respect man! You had your chance and you didn’t do well, suck it up and work harder at Roma. Stop blaming everyone for your own failures.

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  13. RK1339

    Many people on this very forum have no value at all. No respect for others. Did Gervinho do anything wrong? No, he didn’t. He didn’t kill anyone. He had the right attitude all the time. He wanted to prove himself. But he didn’t preform up to the standards we expected from him. Stop criticising him for fun. People are calling him fool and stupid. Why? Learn some manners from your mum. And next time, think- how will you feel if you were called that for no reason.

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    1. arse

      @RK1339 im not criticising him cuz of his failures im critisizing cuz he blames the person who gave him a platform when denilson left he thanked the fans and wenger and i respect him not gervinho

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  14. NickTheYank

    We’d better ask Szczescny if he’s happy playing the position he plays and if he’s getting enough playing time so he doesn’t leave! LOL

    Why do players always want to shift the blame on others when they can’t hack it. He went to ACON, lost the trophy with his PK”S miss and came back broken, was never the same. Just like Arshavin after Russia didn’t qualify. Guess what, the club pay your wages & to perform. By all rights the manager can play you wherever he wants but it’s up to you to perform! With all the missed shots on goal & horrible decisions he made he was lucky to play as much as he did,l especially with Podolski on the squad last season.

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  15. gunnernz

    63 chances, 11 goals. C’mon Gervinho….

    Gervinho’s biggest flaws are his ability to run the ball dead, send wide open shots out into the atmosphere and run so fast that he forgot he had the ball at his feet.

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  16. permagooner

    Gervinho was just good enough to be a backup and sometimes he performed very well, althtough inconsistently.

    But he was brought in to be a starter so the club and the fans expected that from him – and he did not really deliver to the level expected. It happens in football. You just move on. I have nothing against him at all.

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  17. jermaineBryan

    I understand gervinho frustration chamberlain always started ahead of him and hardly had any end product with chamak. And Arshavin they could have said the same . Another reason was because he was always going ANC . But fair play from the other two for not talking out gervinho should now concentrate on what’s ahead of him at Roma and we have a better player in ozil win win situation

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  18. gunoor

    I think Gervinho had a rude shock in his first game at Arsenal which I believe caused him to have a big drop in his confidence. If you guys can recalled, he had a red card when he reacted to that brat from QPR when he actually did not do anything wrong but bcoz he mishandled him, thus he reacted n got a red card for that. I was really angry with the referee bcoz that brat who mishandled Gervinho in the first place grabbing him by the neck only got a yellow card. Gervinho was not his usual self again after that incident n played rather cautiously n that affected his confidence n his game. I believed Arsene realised that n gave him a lot of chance to prove himself but the damage was done and it scarred him after that. Pity the guy. If only he could have recovered from that incident, he could be a great player for us.

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  19. hotgunner

    Some arsenal fans are so mean like tottenham fans. Gervinho was a very good player and yes we contributed in killing his confidence, he was a good attacking player who needed more time to adapt, at least he was always with the ball troubling opponents in their 18 yards, like it or not we lost a very good player in Gervinho and Arshavin too who Wenger wasted by playing him in the flank instead of middle. Pls let’s have respect for our players and stop being ingrates cause that’s not who true arsenal fans are.

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  20. Papyjay

    Gervinho never got his confidence back after that clash with Joey Barton(in his 1st for AFC).

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  21. Papyjay

    Gervinho never got his confidence back after that clash with Joey Barton(in his 1st game for AFC).

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  22. Dynn14

    Gervinho played quite well on the wing side as he always bring up the ball to opponent goal rather than pull back down. He really can dribble but yeahh his passing and shooting is very poor. Its good we release him but Pity we didnt get any replacement

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  23. gmv8

    As supporters we were getting seriously fed up with the amount of chances AW was giving him as a striker. He was able to dribble the ball well enough but he seemed to get a mental block as soon as he neared the penalty area. At best he should’ve been a winger / midfielder. AW was more than reasonable, infact had he continued backing Gervinho, we would’ve finished up behind the spuds.

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  24. Neily

    Funniest thing was that he feels he was played out of position when on the wings.

    So, where should Wenger have played you? He gave you plenty of chances up front and look how that went.

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  25. Dhemolaa

    U needed to watch his debut in Roma, missed 2 clear one on ones with the Keeper. Unwitting, Lille was his ceiling as Arsenal was way too much for him with respect to his confidence..

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  26. captinweestain

    Did you see his latest too efforts for Roma, he’s just not a finisher period.
    And too blame wenger, he had many chances.
    He even stated he could become the next pires.

    C’mon man you had you’re chance and you blew it, take it like a man.

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  27. Dadagbon

    Gervinho or whatever his name was is a complete thwat. He was my worst player to ever put on the arsenal shirt. On a serious note, that son of a b..tch owes Arsene Wenger loads of apologies for the series of let-downs during his miserable arsenal carrier. He should take a look at Eden Hazard and bury his protruding forehead in shame.

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  28. TioMoses

    He can’t even accept that he’s going bald, why would any of us think he’d accept that he had his chance at Arsenal?

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