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Arsenal Transfer Prospects: Should Wenger Sell Emmanuel Eboue to QPR?

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:  Andy Carroll of Liverpool closes down Emmanuel Eboue of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on April 17, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IJune 7, 2011

Ultimately, Arsenal endured a dismal season in 2010-11. The Gunner's late-season demise in which the shock Carling Cup defeat was the catalyst, obliterated their promising season ensuring a sixth successive season without silverware.

Naturally, a number of players also endured a disappointing campaign. Whilst Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere were outstanding, the likes of Denilson, Tomas Rosicky and Nicklas Bendtner boasted forgetable seasons.

One player whose season lacked significant impact was fan favourite Emmanuel Eboue. The Ivorian utility made 27 appearances for the Gunners, 19 of which were starts. However, the 28-year-old was predominantly utilized in the domestic cup competitions as the renowned Bacary Sagna continues to dominate the right back roster at the Emirates.

Since Sagna's introduction to the Arsenal squad in 2007 from French giants Auxerre for £8 million, Eboue has been unable to feature consistently as the Arsenal right back enabling Arsene Wenger to use the former Beveren dynamo in almost every position. A solid, quick fullback, Eboue can be equally dynamic as a winger thanks to impressive power and skill.

However, after a season of deputizing, the much loved utility may be heading for an exit out of North London. As the likes of Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner dominate internal transfer speculation with the duo both stating their desire to depart the Emirates, the Ivory Coast international's potential exit has emerged as somewhat of a surprise.

According to Metro, newly promoted and Npower Championship champions, Queens Park Rangers are heavily interested in the 28-year-old and are prepared to offer £5 million to secure Eboue's services. Manager Neil Warnock is a keen admirer of Eboue and due to his English Premier League experience the Ivorian emerges as a strong signing for QPR.

But should Wenger sell Emmanuel Eboue?

Eboue is easily one of the most loved members of the Arsenal squad. A jubilant, positive presence, numerous players have stated their adoration at the utilities role at the Emirates. Wenger has stated there potentially could be a mass overhaul of the Arsenal squad due to the disappointing season, however, Eboue's versatility and experience is also a premium to boast.

Although one of the fittest players in world football, Bacary Sagna could easily sustain an injury and with no real established right back bar Eboue in the young Gunner's roster, the former Asec Mimosas dynamo instills depth into the Arsenal squad.

At £5 million it emerges as undervalued for the quality fullback, however, there are calls for Emmanuel Eboue to finally depart the Emirates.

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