Arsenal forward Gervinho leaves for Roma

Arsenal have confirmed the sale of Ivory Coast winger Gervinho to Serie A club Roma, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The former Lille player moves to the Italian capital for an undisclosed fee.

Gervinho joined the Gunners in the summer of 2011 but struggled for form in north London, scoring only four times in his first season at the club and netting seven the season after. He fell out of favour under Arsene Wenger through last season, with five of his goals coming in the campaign’s opening seven games.

Roma have now made 13 signings this summer as they seek to rebuild their squad following a sixth-place finish in Serie A. New Coach Rudi Garcia worked with Gervinho at Lille, claiming the Coupe de France and the Ligue 1 title. He left Lille for Roma this summer.

Gervinho has 45 caps for his country to his name and started his career at the ASEC Abidjan academy, later joining Bevern of Belgium before moving to France, first with Le Mans before he came to prominence at Lille.

On confirming the sale, Arsenal’s statement on the club’s official website read: “Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Gervinho for his contribution to the club and wish him well for his future career.

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