Gervinho has joined Italian Serie A side AS Roma for an undisclosed fee.

After joining Arsenal from French club Lille in the summer of 2011, the Ivory Coast international went on to score four times in his first season with the Club, making an important contribution as the Gunners finished third to secure Champions League football.

In 2012/13, the 26-year old started the season impressively, netting five times in his first seven appearances in all competitions. After a spell at the African Cup of Nations where he scored twice for the Ivory Coast, the forward returned to play a crucial part in the Premier League run-in, hitting two more goals in the wins over Swansea City and Reading.

Gervinho started his career at the famed ASEC Abidjan academy in the Ivory Coast, before moving to Belgium to spend two seasons at Beveren. The forward’s rapid rise continued with a move to France, firstly with Le Mans and then Lille, where he won the Ligue 1 title in his second season with the club.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Gervinho for his contribution to the Club and wish him well for his future career.

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