One of the victims of the tsunami that swept through the Emirates in the summer, Gervinho has hit back at Wenger and blamed his erstwhile manager 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 interesting how short a player’s memory could be. He complained of not having ample time on the pitch but I wonder if he knew he had more than enough to justify the faith Wenger reposed in him? In his maiden season at the club, he had 35 appearances but scored only 4 goals and in his second season, he had 26 appearances. He had reduced appearances last season owing to his AFCON participation and didn’t deserve more after his poor displays in front of goal. Notable amongst his misses were the open goal miss in the loss to Bradford and a one on one miss against Blackburn. No thanks to his misses, Arsenal were eliminated from the Capital One Cup and FA Cup respectively.
He accused Wenger of playing him out of position and that, that contributed to his poor form. Can I ask what his real position is? At 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 (center) 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 foul of the supposed ill treatment of Wenger, he should learn from his past mistakes 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.