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Reports have surfaced again that Emmanuel Eboue is a ‘surprise’ exit from Arsenal this summer. The alleged destination is habitual Eboue-lovers Athletico Madrid.
I can see many saying Arsenal are better off without the utility player, but I will stick my neck out and disagree.
During a rather long, annoying blogging hiatus of mine, a time came in late 2008 when, in a game against Wigan at the Emirates, Eboue played what can only be described as an utter donkey-squat of a car-crash of a game.
The booing that followed divided many and visibily devastated Eboue.
But since that day where neither Eboue or sections of the Emirates crowd did themselves any favours, the Ivorian experienced a mini-golden period where he scored 3 goals and showed real drive and purpose in his performances.
These performances alone were not enough to convince me that Arsene Wenger must keep hold of Eboue for at least a season more.
Even amidst his more poor performances, Eboue has often struck me as one of the most direct players in the Arsenal squad.
Having cut out the diving antics which clouded judgements and caught the eye, one thing that has often got my attention is Emmanuel’s dribbling skills and ability to cut diagonally infield and make aggressive runs.
Surprisingly, it’s something that he does better than several players in the squad, including Walcott and Sagna. Only Clichy strikes me as the one player better than him in this department, but relative to the minutes each player plays per season, Eboue attempts it more often.
I’m not much of a stats man, so I’m only relaying impressions and while my subjective viewpoint won’t convince some, do bear in mind that Eboue, Denilson and particularly Song have been ‘shocking performers’ by default in many fans views, ignoring what they are actually doing on the pitch.
If competing for a place spurs him on, Eboue can contribute something tangible to this side.
If he can bring his awesome crossing ability back from the dead, he certainly could teach Sagna and Walcott a thing or two.
That and the Emirates Stadium desperately needs more players of cult status. We seriously need to work on more songs for each of the individual players. I’m aware of one song of Eboue, thanks to J Sanderson from YoungGuns, whom I stole this off of from an msn conversation.
“When the ball hits the net
You can pretty much bet
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