glad to hear Gervinho is doing well. always had a soft spot for him. clearly talented, just was never going to have the confidence at Arsenal due to our fans, largely.
I think he would've worked so much better for us had he not screwed up in the afcon penalty kicks..
He really looked lacking in confidence after that and seemed to play better after this last cup
Yeah, a somewhat similar thing happened with Osvaldo at Roma after he uncomfortably grabbed a PK away from Totti and then muffed it. A lot of ultras were already unhappy that he was signed for such a high price and got on his case to an absurd level after that. It effected his play as he wasn't nearly as brash in the the way you want a striker to be after that and seemingly drifted off a bit from the team.
Roma fans really like Gervinho a lot-- characters like him always go over well in Rome -- and seem to be really pulling for him to turn around his bad run at Arsenal.
Roma might have had one of the best offseasons I've seen in a long time. Adding Gervinho, Strootman, Ljajic, Benatia while losing Lamela is turning out to be a giant success. Lamela was a great player but I feel like he was too ball dominant at times, seems like there's better flow in the team now. And Jedvaj could be a nice player in a few years.
I couldn't agree more about Lamela. It's not really that he hogs the ball as much as he just hasn't developed much awareness and too often seems to be on a completely different page from everyone else.
I would have loved for Roma to have had the money to just keep letting him develop. He really can be world class if attacking tactics / spacing ever clicks for him but Roma is a much better side without him right now.
Benatia was really one of the first players in a long time that I hoped we signed for a couple years and actually finally did. I thought he was one of the best CBs in Italy during his time at Udinese. The Messi-esque goals I wasn't expecting at all though.
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