Eboue is Back

You only come to see Eboue the Arsenal fans chant as the Ivorian comes off the bench.  Once upon a time this would be sung with a pinch of sarcasm. 

 One of Eboue’s low points this season, and there have been many, came against Wigan, when nothing could go right, culminating in the fans booing him and eventually Wenger had to substitute him to protect the player.  This could have broken some players, but Eboue either has thick skin or he decided to show people what he was capable of doing.

 Things did not improve straight away, in fact against Tottenham, Eboue got himself sent off for two petulant acts that left Arsenal playing with ten men and possibly depriving Arsenal the opportunity of taking all three points.

 Will Eboue learn from his mistakes was the chatter in the stands.  Then the bombshell, Wenger was preparing a new contract for the Ivorian, was the Frenchman mad?

 The rehabilitation started when Eboue scored against Burnley in the FA Cup.  The following week he came on for seven minutes, but they became the seven minutes that turned the crowd.  He scored two goals and treated us to a special Eboue dance celebration.  Eboue then became a cult hero in the mould of Perry Groves. 

What was sure was the Eboue had learnt his lesson, no longer did we get diving and histrionics, there were no more wild protestation, what we got was sheer pace and a player running straight at defences.

Eboue will contribute to our squad next season, primarily as a right-back.  So long as Arsene keeps him as a right-back, the fans will appreciate him.  Playing him in a right midfield role only exposes him to his weaknesses and the fans will get on his back again.  Eboue is a right-back and his presence in the squad will ensure that Sagna attains the levels he achieved in his first season.

Fans booing their own players are despised by the media and former players, but in the case of Eboue it has worked, he took a look at himself and sorted things out.

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Posted on May 28, 2009, in Arsenal Players and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. i havta say that eboue has showed a lot of heart this season. i for one was jus as frustrated as any watchin him struggle in a position that wasn’t his natural one; constantly mislplacing passes. but the stick he has come in for is disgraceful. it jus shows how fickel the modern day fan is (arsenal’s anyway), most of the people who attend matches in the emirates are well off and expect to sit back in a veritable barker lounger and simply be entertained without having to strain there voices through anykind of threshold…if we showed some passion nw an again at least other teams might fear if not our players, our atmosphere!…back to the point, eboue when returned to right back has been fantastic!

  2. to be perfectly honest with you, walcott has on certain occasions been worse than eboue. i remember a game against birmingham last season where he dint get a single pass right and there are countless examples. there have been times that ebuoe has been better than walcott on the right and all these in spite of the fact that he is a primarily a defensive minded player. its a fact that ebuoe has better technique and vision than walcott and u can add to that mental strengh judging by the way he came back to perform and why walcott doesnt get booed is anyone’s guess. he is a right back. so if he has been converted to a winger and plays poorly who should shoulder the blame? the player or the manager? as a right back he took us to the champions league final playing against big names like zidane and making them look like mugs. im not that fickle to forget the cross he gave thiery when we beat the manc 2 1 with a last minute header. remember than rvp’s goal against charlton 2 seasons ago? it was eboue who gave the assist. the boy surely doesnt get the credit he deserves.

  3. Eboue was always a good player, he was just following that pratt Adebayour and that got him into trouble with the fans

  4. Really ?
    listen I know its your opinion and your entitled to it but you really want to use Eboue’s strength of character as justification for booing of our own players!
    F**k me how going to the Arsenal has changed.
    Eboue I applaud every week when his names announced jumping up and down in the North stand upper to the chagrin of those around me who i remember booing that day those who said he wasnt fit to wear the shirt. Fuck them and fuck your lame justification.
    Boo those that let you down or instill in you an injustice that you pay good money to watch them lazily go through the motions not those who may lack ability but TRY.
    Eboue never hid has continued to run at opponents tracks back and wants the ball – GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME and it should be good enough for us all.
    The selection of a player in bad form or lacking in ability is the managers responsibility not the players. Selected Eboue gives his all.
    Can the same be said of the rest of the team.
    sit in my seat and listen to the same wankers slag off Bendtner yet only ever greet a misplaced Theo or Cesc pass with ‘unlucky’ or another RVP miss as close another Kolo fuck up as everyone elses fault.
    actually analyze the key moments of the key games over the last 2 seasons and see how many were by these chosen few. See which players it is that allow their heads to drop see who it is who doesnt show for the big ones. if your brutally honest with yourself you’ll find its cesc rvp ade kolo etc not Eboue

    I ONLY COME TO SEE EBOUE and will continue to as long as his work ethic remains

  5. I still find it hard to believe that Eboue is so underrated. He brings in a lot of bite to the team playing in defence or midfield.I’ll say this again and again ,drop Sagna for Eboue at right back and we’ld have a very attack minded team like we did before Sagna came. Let’s look at the best team in the world presently(Barca) ,their highly priced RB ,who can he be likened to in our team? Sagna or Eboue. Yes errors here and there,but advantages way over disadvantages.

  6. WE LOVE U EBOUE. TO ME U R THE MOST ENTERTAINING RIGHT BACK IVE EVER SEEN. AND IVE SEEN QUITE A FEW FROM BARCA TO MADRID TO MAN U TO INTER. WE LOVE U EBOUE. JUST HOPE THE MANAGER REALISES THAT UR BEST POSITION IS RB AND NOT RW. U KEPT CR7 QUITE IN ALL THOSE GAMES U PLAY WHICH LED TO PEOPLE SAYIN HE DOESNT PERFORM IN THE BIG GAMES. LOTS OF LOVE

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