By Chris Harris

Gervinho learned an early and valuable lesson against Newcastle this season, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Ivory Coast international made his Premier League debut against Monday’s opponents on the opening weekend of the season and was sent off after an altercation with Joey Barton.

Gervinho’s second-half dismissal came moments after he had a penalty claim turned down in that 0-0 draw at St. James’ Park and the summer signing was forced to sit out the next three Premier League games.

"At Newcastle, he had a bad response to provocation from Barton,” recalled Wenger.

"He was shocked because he felt he didn't do a lot. But I think he learned his lesson in the first game and it's better than [learning] after 20 [games].

"It's better to know what you are facing [in a new league],” added Wenger. “If you want to play abroad and work abroad then you have to adapt to the local culture.”

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11 Mar 2012