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Is Wenger Trying To Appease Us With Eboue?

Is Wenger Trying To Appease Us With Eboue?

With the distinct lack of transfer activity the major talking point amongst Gooners this morning, has Arsene Wenger made his most flimsy attempt yet to appease Arsenal fans?

After losing Lassana Diarra, Gilberto Silva, and more importantly Mathieu Flamini in the last 8 months, Arsenal fans everywhere were positive some kind of central midfielder would be brought in, especially after Arsene claims that they would 'stay up till midnight' if they had to.

However, a quick scout around this morning will show you that never happened. Unconfirmed sources say we made a last ditch attempt to sign Alonso, but that's about all we got. Instead, the only news coming out of Arsenal is that Wenger thinks Eboue is starting to play really well.

"Since the start of the season, Eboue has played well," said Wenger. "He had two good games in central midfield. At Fulham, he was one of the players who was not disappointing and he had a good performance against Newcastle as well.

"He's a football player. Sometimes I play him, sometimes Walcott, sometimes Nasri [out wide].

"There was a little bit of frustration from the fans because they thought that he didn't always have enough end-product, but he has improved a lot in that respect. He has put over good final balls since the start of the season."

Now let me start by saying that I'm really pleased with Eboue so far this season, he has shown a marked improvement in both his technical game and also his on field attitude. However that said, does anyone else feel that Wenger's comments are a lame attempt in telling us that we didn't get our midfielder, so we'll have to make do with Eboue should the need arise?

Mathieu Flamini left Arsenal along time ago as far as the transfer window is concerned, and if Wenger didn't get his man then that is solely down to his playing Transfer Window Texas Hold'em.

Many Arsenal fans are feeling deflated and let down this morning, and understandably so, but the transfer window is closed now, and we need to get behind the players we've got.

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Date:Tuesday September 2 2008
Time: 10:15AM


Have to say that although Eboue has improved, it was very disheartening to read that on the website this morning and nothing about transfers. Does anyone else think that the Club are starting to take the fans for granted? I know they fully trust and support Arsene but do we think that there needs to be a little more pressure applied? Or maybe we're just not a win-at-all-costs Club? Fergie and Man Utd, Chelsea and even Liverpool are so determined to be winners, but Arsene not only wants to win, but also win in style and cheaply.
02/09/2008 10:30:00
I guess there is a degree of PR in it but that doesn't make it any less true. Eboue has played pretty well in both midfield roles so far this season. So much so that if he had been playing like that elsewhere in Europe he would be just the sort of name that some would now be saying we should buy to strengthen our midfield options.
02/09/2008 10:30:00
I can't agree with that Amos - He has played well enough, but not eye catchingly well. The fact that the club chose to run this story on the day after the closing of the transfer window smacks of deseperation to me. Wenger could have made these comments directly after the Newcastle game ... he didn't. I'd much rather he came out and discussed what went on on the last day of the transfer window and why he waited until the last minute.
02/09/2008 10:36:00
I think since he has arrived, it is the first time i am feeling let down by Wenger. When Vieira & Henry left i still had faith we would do well because i trust his decisions. But with Flamini, Gilberto & Diarra having left this year, and with no back up for Fabregas i was almost certain he would have got in at least one good MF. If its not a question about money, and its obvious we do not have the quality and depth in midfield then what are the reasons behind his risk. Stubborness, high morals, belief in what he has? Time will tell
02/09/2008 10:36:00
I must admit, I'm not that bothered we didn't sign anyone. However after reading all the comments from everyone else this morning, I wish we had just so there was more of a posative vibe about the club. What I think Wenger feels is 'can we get anyone better than our players could be potentially'. Key word is potential, and no one opitomises this more than Eboue at the moment. But how long can you have potential without fullfilling it? He's made a good start, lets hope it continues.
02/09/2008 10:38:00
Of course it's a PR thing - arguably anything posted on at any time is. I guess we'll hear any stories about deadline day all in good time but what went on is irrelevant now. Almost as irrelevant as Diarra and Gilberto were to last season yet somehow they are still seen as a loss.
02/09/2008 10:41:00
You know what i fear is that the minute things don't go our way on the pitch, I can just see the crowd at the Emirates turning on Wenger, I really can. I just wonder if that might be a turning point in his relationship with the fans and Club, and one that begins the process of him leaving at the end of his contract.
02/09/2008 10:45:00
I see them as a loss because despite barely playing a game bewteen them last season ... a little bit of patience could have seen them play most of the season this year and any worries could have been allayed. I'm not as downhearted as most of the Arsenal fans around ... but I certainly could be happier.
02/09/2008 10:48:00
Actually these comments from Wenger appeared a day or so ago, in the aftermath of the Newcastle game (you can check this on NewsNow Arsenal). This is not an attempt to appease by Wenger, more likely by the press department who feel under pressure to say something this morning. Just to add to other voices on Eboue, I thought he was MOTM until his substitution the other day especially as he single-handedly (well virtually) set up th enerve-settling second goal for Robin. Never thought I'd say that of my least favourite player in the squad.
02/09/2008 10:53:00
PS, I am a new Forum member so hi all! So's you know I am a season ticket holder and have been for about five years (was lucky enough to get it, after huge wait, in time for the Invincibles season). Wrt transfers, I do not think Denilson is up to it as CM and so also wanted to see a new face but I have read various Arsenal linked sources say that the plan is to play Diaby there, assuming he is ever fit. I think he might do well alongside Fabregas, although his fitness is a worry and it is odd that Wenger usually employed him last season as a left winger (at which he was pretty poor most games)
02/09/2008 10:58:00
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