Gervinho: Serie A more tactical than Premier League

The Roma attacker spent two years at Arsenal and believes matches in the Italian top flight are more complicated to play in when you first arrive

Roma attacker Gervinho believes English and Italian football are the opposite of each other, insisting games in Serie A are more tactical and tougher to get to grips with when you first arrive in the league.

The Ivory Coast international spent two years in England with Arsenal but failed to make a great impression at the Gunners before joining Roma in 2013, where he has been significantly more productive.

Gervinho touched on the differences between the style of the game in both countries, saying one area England had the advantage was how competitive the smaller sides are.

“Italian football and English football are different,” he told Sky Italia.

“I learned a lot in the Premier League, where it is difficult to play against the smaller sides if you are a big club because they play very quick football and really put you under pressure.

“In Italy it is the opposite. It is very tactical and more complicated, especially if you don’t know the style.”

The 27-year-old says he has improved himself on and off the pitch following his move to the Italian capital and is enjoying playing for last season’s Serie A runners-up.

Gervinho continued: “I have learned a lot in Italy – not just in terms of football.

“I feel good here in Rome and I get on well with my team-mates. I have a peaceful life.”