Eboue: The Darkhorse at Arsenal

Benjamin RogersAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26:  Emmanuel  Eboue of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round 2nd leg match between Arsenal and Celtic at the Emirates Stadium on August 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

If you saw the game on the December 6th, 2008, you would never have guessed that Emmanuel Eboue would still be at Arsenal, let alone playing well.

He was substituted after coming on as a substitute against Wigan earlier in the game, and was subjected to a large chorus of boos from large sections of the Arsenal crowd.

Many fans sarcastically cheered and applauded as he went off.

I personally was not happy with Eboue's contribution in the game, but I was shocked when I heard boos and jeers from the Arsenal faithful.

It almost made me embarrassed to be a Gooner, and was disgusted that the fans I love so much could be so heartless to a player who always runs his socks off for Arsenal.

In the Game Itself

Arsenal were average, and I feel the fans were just taking their frustration out on a player who was not fully fit.

For me, it was not because of Eboue's lack of skill, but rather a rare mistake by Arsene Wenger for putting an injured player on the field.

He was clearly upset by the booing and left the field of play on the verge of tears.

It looked at that moment as if his Arsenal career was over.

However, the next ten months has seen Emmanuel turn the Arsenal fans' views on him around and he has slowly started to get his confidence back.

He scored against Burnley in the FA Cup, which was retribution for the Gunners as they were embarrassingly knocked out the Carling Cup by the-then-Championship side earlier in the season.

He then netted two goals against Blackburn Rovers as Arsenal went on to win 4-0.

It was unclear as if he was to stay or leave come the summer transfer window as Eboue himself has said he was upset by the booing he received in the Wigan game and was taking his Arsenal career one step at a time.

However a £9m offer from Fiorentina was allegedly turned down by both Arsenal and Eboue, and he started the new season as a Gooner.

As if by magic and great coincidence he scored his first goal of the season against Wigan at the weekend, he flicked Eduardo's shot past Kirkland and into the net to score and bring, what has been a crazy ten months for the Ivory cost star, completely full circle.

He has played well in a lot of the Premier League games this season and seems to have more passion and drive than ever before, and he could well turn out to be the darkhorse of Arsenal this season.

Eboue's stats

Name: Emmanuel Eboue                        Height: 5ft 10in

Age: 26

National side: Ivory Cost                       Position: RB, RM, DM.

Apps: 99

Goals: 4                                            Career goals: 11

Let's hope his career will remain on a high, and his passion and desire to play well for Arsenal never fades away.

The tabloids are suggesting that Arsenal doesn't have any passionate players, yet in my opinion, they only have to look at Eboue to see one.

And last but not, least I want to end the article by thanking Eboue for turning a bad situation into a good one.

As always hope you enjoyed the read.


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