Saturday 16 December 2017

Emmanuel Eboue wants Arsenal return

The former Arsenal player has ended a torrid spell at Galatasaray and wants back in at the Emirates Stadium

Are we going to see Eboue strutting his stuff at the Emirates once again?
Are we going to see Eboue strutting his stuff at the Emirates once again?

Sean Gibson

Former Arsenal full-back Emmanuel Eboue has said he would welcome a return to the Gunners after a difficult end to his four years at Galatasary last summer.

Eboue fell out with the club hierarchy at the Turkish giants in the final year of his contract, and was released last summer when his contract expired.

Now the Ivoirian has his sights firmly set on a return to the Emirates Stadium.

"We are looking for options," Eboue told The Sun, "but I'd love to come back to Arsenal."

Eboue moved to Galatasaray in 2011 for €3.5m, enduring an unhappy four years that included alleged racist abuse from rival fans and the club president ordering the manager not to play Eboue.

The Ivory Coast international previously spent six years at Arsenal, gradually assuming cult-hero status.

It was not always sunshine and rainbows, though, with Eboue having to state publicly in 2008 that he would stay and fight for the fans' affections rather than be driven out by the boo-boys.

Eboue made 214 senior appearances for Arsenal between 2005 and 2011, but whether Arsenal would now be interested in the 32-year-old's return is questionable.

Although the Ivoirian would be a free agent and thus would not command a fee, the Gunners have options at the right-back position.

Hector Bellerín has been in superb form this term, keeping out an unhappy Mathieu Debuchy and an increasingly marginalised Calum Chambers.

In terms of Eboue's other options, he has previously gone on record saying he would like to play for Paris Saint-Germain.

And while he's flicking through that part of the phonebook, it would be imprudent of him not to tell Real Madrid of his availability as well.

It can't hurt to give them a call, Emmanuel.

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