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Embarrassing Eboue

After all the glory of knocking Liverpool out of the cup on Saturday, it is inevitable that you have to think of the negatives in a performance, and the one big negative was Emmanuel Eboue.

Last season Eboue was a revelation, yet in the final game of our season, the rightback was lambasted by the manager for an outrageous dive in the Champions League final, that ironically led to our goal.

He was then berated again after futher embarrassing behavior when Wenger, rather un-Wenger like once again questioned the Ivorians antics.

On Saturday Eboue was subbed, for what most people thought was an injury (yeah right) but after reviewing the footage, Justin Hoyte was on the pitch mere seconds after the Physio got to the player, leading me to believe the sub was a tactical one to call a halt to Eboue's theatrics before he got himself a second yellow card (remember Alonso had already gotten a yellow for diving).

I think the return of Ralph has been timed to perfection as the time has arrived to give Eboue a spell on the sidelines to let him know this sort of behavior can not, and will not be tolerated.

I have no doubts whatsoever regarding the players abilities, but his temperament and morals in the game have to be questioned.

Sort it out Manu, you're better than that!

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 8 2007

Time: 12:47PM

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Good piece. Im a Liverpool fan and his antics infuriated me obviously but he only did what many other players in the premiership do, such as Drogba, Robben, Ronaldo and our very own Garcia. PS: Alonso didnt dive, there was definite contact.
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08/01/2007 14:00:00

interesting point,it could be that he was subbed before he was sent off,im not too sure about that though,coz when a player goes down the replacement always has a little warm up,so he was ready for when eboue broke down again,and he might of been carrying a knock already,anyway its a minor problem that eboue seems to have at the moment,his biggest problem was his terrible crossing,and thats been sorted out,so it looks like the boy is willing to learn
fran merida
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08/01/2007 14:02:00

i totally agree rocky, as already mentioned in our forum.. and i think with lauren coming back, eboue can learn a few things of conduct and try not to be conning the ref.
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08/01/2007 14:16:00

This aint the same guy who was defended for his play acting in the run up to Spurs goal in the 1-1 at highbury last year is it? Many of you were trying to say we cheated the other day 9and ever since the game in fact) Seen the light?
Jacky B
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08/01/2007 14:16:00

sorry - replace 9 with (
Jacky B
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08/01/2007 14:17:00

yes there was contact with alonso but he had already been up ended by some unknown force ?????, he was flying through the air before gilberto touched him, dive and a rightful booking imo. Eboue just needs a reality check, lauren should take his place and then he may realise he cant go on like this, not just his occasional diving antics but also the dip in form hes been suffering.
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08/01/2007 14:25:00

a good honest article...and a session on the sidelines to remind him of the true values will hopefully sort his head out....
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08/01/2007 14:30:00

He's a diver, but he required treamtment v Spurs so the ball should have been kicked out. Its a shame the Spurs fans could not be this fforthright following Zokora v Pompey. To a man the members condoned Zokora.
Little Dutch
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08/01/2007 14:33:00

I did see that reply comin, and I agree Zokora's conduct is generally a bit "iffy". Without making too big a generalisation - Have you noticed a similar thing with another Ivorian? lol
Jacky B
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08/01/2007 14:41:00

The same Sp*rs fans who moaned about Graham poll but thought he was correct when his decisions helped them beat Chelsea. The same Sp*rs fans who moaned Manu Adebayor was offside but When they beat Southend with a goal way more offside printed an Article saying they didnt care! Biggest bunch of hypocrites in the prem.
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08/01/2007 14:43:00

Everyone knows Poll is incompetent. however - I honestly don't see what he did wrong in that game. With regard to the Southend game, that goal was just as marginal, as Adebayor (which i didn't mind as i prefer attackers to get the advantage - more bothered by the pens to be honest) and Defoe is CONSTANTLY flagged offside when he isnt. So, as hard on Southend as that was - it didn't even begin to even things up for Defoe. If Linesmen judged him correctly - he'd have no trouble bangin in 30 a season.
Jacky B
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08/01/2007 14:49:00

Sir Harry would disagree with ur analysis of Defoe! lol
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08/01/2007 14:52:00

That is FACT (maybe not the bit bout 30 goals - lol) but its something i noticed about a year a go, and i cant remember a game he's played since where that assertion hasn't been backed up. he always gets robbed of 1 on 1 situations - at least 1 game.
Jacky B
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08/01/2007 14:55:00

1 a game - sorry
Jacky B
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08/01/2007 14:55:00

Give Kerrea Gilbert a chance I say.
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08/01/2007 15:10:00

not before you give peace a chance
Jacky B
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08/01/2007 15:17:00

Maybe there is a trend for Ivorian divers, but no more than there is a trend for English, French, Spanish and Italian divers. Sadly, until the authorities show some desire to punish cheats, it will become more widespread.
Little Dutch
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08/01/2007 15:20:00

as we've all agreed on the forum, he needs to cut it out - he's miles better than that,.and does himself a disservice with this falling over and holding his legs, as well as the club. Frankly it's cringeworthy. He can be the best right back in the world, but hemust focus on his game,not on his forward rolls... »»Arsene Knows««
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08/01/2007 15:28:00

i wouldnt say best right back.. but he certainly has the potential to become one.. i still think lauren with his experience and technique is still the best right back the EPL has to offer.. and it would be absolutely correct to make him retain his place in the first team as soon as he is back to full fitness..
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08/01/2007 15:57:00

lol where the hell is sir harry?
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08/01/2007 16:16:00

I totally agree with Wingston. Eboue is a fantastic right back, probably already one of the best in the world in terms of supporting the attacking side of the game. He has shown signs that he can be an amazing defender. As I pointed out the other day, working with Gilberto he kept Ronaldinho out of the Champions league final, he had Robinho tucked away in his top pocket and he has put in plenty of other great performances. Wenger will sort him out, of that I am sure!
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08/01/2007 16:20:00

it was disgraceful. eboue needs sorting out
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08/01/2007 16:47:00

it's important this doesn tbecome a witch-hunt though,guys. he's a fine player, he just needs to cut out the gamesmanship. Let'snot burn him at the stake or anything... »»Arsene Knows««
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08/01/2007 17:11:00

I cant see how/why those around him,ie;Toure,Henry;Gilberto,have not give him a small slap around the head and told him to bloody sort his life out."Your playing for the arsenal now and we dont want to see that kinda crap play-acting anymore".
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08/01/2007 17:19:00

As long as Eboue fulfills his tasks on the pitch, produces what is asked of him, and the team is better off with him on the pitch than vice-versa in terms of results - he should be in the team. Yes, he has a dived a few times and created controversy, but who hasn't? There are much "bigger" names in the footballing world who have committed the most blatant of dives, or on the other hand have mastered the artistry of diving, yet we hear very little or none of it. Regardless of the game with L'pool, Eboue is getting too much attention. Alonso and L. Garcia were almost if not as bad as him and the former even got booked for it.
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08/01/2007 18:10:00

I don't think Eboue did anything wrong, if he had just walked off to be treated we would have been one defender short and if he had stayed on to defend the corner whilst injured he would have been a liability, the boy is learning and none of complained when he dived for the freekick in th CL or when Reyes rolled onto the pitch pretending to be injured in Madrid, lets stick by our players right or wrong
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08/01/2007 18:16:00

'I DON'T SUPPORT EITHER TEAM BUT ARSENAL HAD 3 SHOTS 3 GOALS, THEY WERE POOR BUT LUCKY'...(submitted by trader on sunday). Trader if you have to pretend you are not a liverpool fan, thereby making yourself feel much better about the huge gap in quality and subsequent defeat then atleast don't idiotically give yourself away as one on the very same forum.
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08/01/2007 18:26:00

arsenal fans take note of my last message.
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08/01/2007 18:26:00

ok ok who went and upset the tiny totts eh, its been all nice and peaceful and BOOM they suddenly throwing their toys out the pram again, i thought they would of been quiet this week with having a easy draw at home in the 4th rd IF they get past cardiff... but you know boys will be boys .
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08/01/2007 21:34:00

lucky my ass if all your shots on target went in you would still have lost 3-2. we deserved to win
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08/01/2007 21:43:00

eboue is a good right back but can't carry on like this, the inky reason we scordin the champs league final is coz he dived.N13gooner....kerrea gilbert is on loan to cardiff till the end of the season
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08/01/2007 21:55:00

Eboue is great going forward but needs to develope his tactical awareness if he wants to keeps his place. A lot of the time when he needs to be marking he is too far up the pitch. Lauren is a tactically a better defender....I would have have straight back in !!
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08/01/2007 22:35:00

have HIM staright back in !!
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08/01/2007 22:36:00

remember when eboue was going off and him and crouch had handbags?Who do you think would win? I'd say crouch, he could stand like five yards back and poke him in the eyes
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09/01/2007 11:49:00

so, you finally agree DO CHEAT! that is very refreshing! thanx guys, will spread the word!
drunkard bill
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09/01/2007 13:06:00

bill,why don't you *****off and die you ****. »»Arsene Knows««
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09/01/2007 13:16:00

hi wingston, how refreshing, a southern monkey, who can use perfect grammar! how clever you are. dont forget to wedge the door closed tonight in your slum squat!
drunkard bill
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09/01/2007 16:22:00

there are no such thing as southern monkeys,btw bill why does your missus put up with her beatings when your drunk?
fran merida
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09/01/2007 16:56:00

Eboue's behaviour on the field must be sorted out. Seems that he is doing more talking on the field than playing football.
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10/01/2007 03:42:00

...yawn, heard that one before fran, u r indeed tiresome. you are all monkeys 'darn sarf!' p.s. your? do you mean you're? your grammar and dictation is so poor, an illegal immigrant could do better, but no doubt you are one, as indeed 77% of the population in islington and finsbury park, are dole cheating, benefit swindling, foreign lodgers. why not get a job, and pay tax. swear allegience to your country, or *****-off!v alternatively, die in a fire, or nail bomb attack!!!!
drunkard bill
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10/01/2007 09:03:00

Drunkard bill, I suppose you come from one of those all 'english' areas up north like Bradford or Manchester (Rusholm, Moss Side etc.), Burnley, Oldham... you get the point. Now go back to your BNP meetings and keep dreaming about how you think England should be, the rest of us will get on with life in the real world... you stroker!
kenny lunt
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10/01/2007 11:21:00


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