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Kolo Urges Eboue Support

Kolo Urges Eboue Support

Arsenal veteran, Kolo Toure has urged Arsenal fans to get behind Gunners whipping boy Emmanuel Eboue the next time he turns out for the team .... which could be as early as Wednesday.

Eboue suffered quite horrendously at the hands of the home fans on Saturday when his substitution was actually cheered (which I think was worse than the actual booing) and was followed up with a chorus of boos.

However his friend and fellow countryman, Kolo Toure has lept to the defence of the rightwinger (central midfielder, rightback, left back) asking Gooners to provide some positive support and assuring us all that Eboue wants to do well for the club.

'Eboue had an injury for six weeks and this was his first game," said the centre back.

"We had some injuries and that is why the boss put him on and he played well. At the end he had a difficult time but we need to give him credit because he was not 100 per cent however he had to play because of our injuries and he did well.'

"The fans gave him a hard time and that is unusual at Arsenal. I was surprised because normally our fans are [always] nice. I think the tension was really high and that is why they were hard. In the end we had three points and that is good. He will have a chat with the boss and I think he will come back.'

"We need him and he is a strong boy. I`ll call him, he will also have a chat with the manager on Monday and then he will be fine.'

"I just want to tell the fans that he is a great lad, he loves the Club and wants to do his best for the Club. Sometimes, when you come back from a six-week injury you cannot give 200 per cent. We hope that next time they will help him to come back. That is the only way to behave."

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday December 8 2008
Time: 1:07PM


I actually think his saving grace will be the game is away, and our away support, for the most part, is brilliant. It's a shame there isn't a Vital Arsenal section of the stadium, because judging by the 47% that have voted Eboue MOTM, he certainly wouldn't get boo'ed. Lol
08/12/2008 13:11:00
Alan Hansen in talking sense shocker -
08/12/2008 13:25:00
I read that article earlier Rock and it’s unusual to agree with the bigot, but I did! I think the manager has to take a massive slice of the blame for this whole situation. We get charged some of the highest amounts for tickets in world football, we don’t spend money on players yet have a massive wage bill, we have played utterly crap this season and when we are struggling for pace and width, what does Wenger do? Bring on a RB after a 6 week injury then put him on the left wing!!! Honestly, WTF was Wenger thinking? If Wiltshire is as good as he constantly harps on about him then why not play the lad? He’s quick, works hard loves a tackle and can play that position. But no, plumps for Eboue that was an inexcusable cock up from a manager who rightly so, has had questions asked of his often extreme tactical naivety this season. I love the manager and he is the best man us, but he has no doubt had his worst season up till now in this season.....
08/12/2008 13:33:00
LG, I can only think that AW put on Eboue because he was so worried about out losing the game, Wigan looked like scoring and our defense was wobbling? I don't know, I'm just trying to understand why he kept Ramsey, Vela, Wilshere on the bench -- or why he didn't put on Silvestre who's had more match time than Eboue has had. Eboue clearly was not ready to play, he's just back from injury. The so-called "gooners" on Saturday who put on that disgraceful performance make me sick. Gooners like me all over the world would kill to be in their shoes, we consider it an incredible fortune to be able to watch Arsenal play live just ONCE and these scumbag idiots behave like that. F---ing disgrace.
08/12/2008 13:45:00
Strange wasn't it? He had Sylvestre for left back and clichy to provide cover infront of Sylvestre yet no Eboue comes on (toa hiding to nothing) on the left wing. I just cannot understand that decision and see it as a huge mistake by Wenger. Jaelle, I ain't getting into this with you but Iwas one of those "scumbags" who booed......although not cheering him off.
08/12/2008 13:53:00
You can read all the other posts about it just below this one for my opinion on the Wigan game.
08/12/2008 13:55:00
It's a shame that people boo, but it's a part of the game. If I see a player cock up and lose possession in a dangerous area my natural reaction is to scream "what the **** was that?" not cheer him on. LG makes some valid points regarding fan frustration this season. I think prof may have mentioned that the reaction was as much at Arsene as it was Eboue.
08/12/2008 14:00:00
But aside from all that - Eboue needs all the support he can get in order to rebuild his confidence. Nice one Kolo for coming out and defending his buddy.
08/12/2008 14:03:00
Thanks mate, Kolo does appear to be the senior man in the squad, captain or not. I will give Eboue my full support when I next watch him live, unless he saunters round the pitch not giving a toss AND having a mare, ala Saturday. The same as any Arsenal player, i don't have any whipping boys just players who don't play well or show the wrong application...............except Adepaymemore lol
08/12/2008 14:14:00
With hindsight I guess Wenger might or might not regret putting Eboue on but looking at what we had on the bench and knowing that he had used Eboue on the left succesfully in a similar situation against Bolton this season it probably seemed a good bet. It was certainly the one I would have taken rather than disrupting the defensive line up to accomodate Silvestre or risking a largely untried Wilshere in an important game or playing Ramsey out of position. Nothing was guaranteed to work. I bet Eboue wishes Wenger had made another choice though.
08/12/2008 14:16:00
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