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.