By David Bradford

Former Arsenal player Gervinho has slammed the way he was treated by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger despite having made 63 appearances for the club before leaving in 2013 to join Serie A outfit AS Roma.

The Ivorian forward said: ‘He [Wenger] never had confidence in me. [Roma coach Rudi Garcia] doesn’t differentiate between those who are playing and those who aren’t playing.

That’s important for a player,’ he is reported to have said while talking to media from Africa.

‘He doesn’t only speak to those who are playing, he talks to everyone as there are 25 players in the squad, not just 11.

‘As a child, I dreamed of playing for Arsenal because I loved them.

‘Now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me.

‘However, I regretted leaving the club after such a short time without being able to show my worth, which I’m now doing at Roma instead.’