Eboue from Villain to Hero?
Many thousands of words have been written, most in anger at Eboue. The fans frustrations reached boiling point and at the Wigan game this season Eboue was booed by the virtually the entire crowd. The Ivorian defender / midfielder left the pitch in tears and his teammates rallied around him.
Eboue has come back repeatedly, frustrated fans and manager with his Jekyll and Hide performances. He can make great runs, and then his final pass is terrible. Another low was reached when he was sent off against Tottenham for two petulant acts.
Realising that Wenger will play Eboue regardless of who is available; the fans have taken to gallows humour, and when Eboue appears, they sing to the away fans, “You Only Come to See Eboue.” This is similar to the chants that used to ring out from the North Bank about Gus Caesar. Nobody knows if Eboue realises this is a sarcastic chant or not, but with the return of Walcott and the acquisition of Arshavin, Eboue has stepped his game up a level.
When Eboue scored Arsenal’s third against Burnley, as well as celebrating, the fans had to laugh that our favourite villain had scored. Saturday he went one better, scoring from close range followed by a dance that only Eboue can carry off, and then when we had a penalty, he grabbed the ball, which had Wenger looking on none too pleased. Eboue scored and then fans once more had to celebrate and laugh.
Eboue will persist and probably Wenger will offer him a new contract, but he will never win the fans over. Part of the problem is that he is not a midfielder. Once we have Walcott, Nasri, Arshavin, and Rosicky available, Wenger will not be forgiven for picking him ahead of any of those, nor will it be right to stunt the development of Merida and Wilshere by choosing Eboue. Eboue needs to be used cover for Sagna and that is all.
He can score as many goals as he wishes, create as many dances as he pleases, Eboue is not the future of Arsenal.