Why I let Gervinho leave – Wenger

Gervinho was allowed to leave Arsenal because he lacked confidence and needed a new challenge, according to Arsène Wenger.

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The Ivory Coast international spent two seasons at Emirates Stadium and showed flashes of his undoubted class, not least when he led the attack at the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

Gervinho scored 11 goals in 63 appearances for Wenger’s side before completing a move to Italian side Roma earlier this month.

“I made that decision [to sell Gervinho] because he looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates,” explained Wenger in his exclusive interview on Arsenal Player.

“He is a very creative player, an instinctive dribbler and for that you need a lot of confidence to be completely efficient. I felt that in the last six months it was very difficult for him to express his talent in a confident way.

“Then you sit there and think, ‘Do I bring him back or does he need a new challenge to get that confidence back?’ and I did not want to stop him from getting a new chance.”