by Lewis Ambrose

Former Arsenal winger Gervinho has left AS Roma having been sold to Al-Jazira of the United Arab Emirates for a significant €14M (over £10M) fee.

The Ivorian forward left Arsenal for the Serie A side but will now be packing his bags against after just two seasons in the Italian capital.

After a move to Arsenal worth around £11M, Gervinho netted 11 goals in 63 appearances.

His clumsy and profligate nature meant his career never took off in London, and he struggled to really get the fans on his side.

Plenty of his displays saw him found wanting, and he just never did enough to convince fans or Arsène Wenger.

The club would’ve been more than happy to recoup most of their money when Roma paid £8M for the player in August 2013.


Somehow, Roma have turned a profit on the 28 year-old forward.

Gervinho enjoyed a fairly good first season in Rome, scoring twelve times in thirty-seven games, but lost his way and his place in the first team. The 2014/15 campaign was more difficult, more players came in to rival his place, and he has lost out.

A move to Al-Jazira may lead to questions surrounding his motives. Is he just in the game for the money?

The club have invested over £10M just to sign him, so you’d imagine he’s on a significant wage.

I wish Gervinho the best of luck out there. Maybe he’ll find some form and return to Europe.

Or maybe he’ll find his level.