Goodbye Gervinho: Ivorian forward signs for Roma in £6.9m deal


Gervinho has joined Italian giants Roma for £6.9million.

The 26-year-old ends a relatively unsuccessful two year spell in north London with Arsenal and will now be reunited with former coach Rudi Garcia who managed him at Lille.

Ivory Coast international Gervinho, who cost the Gunners almost £11m when he arrived from Lille in 2011, was sent off on his Premier League debut against Newcastle after slapping then-Magpies midfielder Joey Barton.

The former Le Mans and Beveren forward found goals hard to come by last season after falling behind Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski in the pecking order.

He played in 26 games last season, which included 18 Premier League matches, although the majority came from off the bench.

Arsenal’s intentions to strengthen their forward line this summer would have made his future at the club even more certain, with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez currently Arsene Wenger’s main transfer target.

Meanwhile, Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh looks set to complete a permanent move to newly-promoted Crystal Palace after the Gunners agreed a nominal fee with Ian Holloway’s side.


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