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Time To Eboue In!

I think the Eboue bashers are being harsh, very harsh.

As has already been said over on the forum, every player has their faults, that's just football. Yeah, Eboue's fault is his attitude, but as Little Dutch rightly said, Van Persie's attitude is worse than Eboue's.

He may be 23 but he hasn't been playing first team football very long. Wenger would not have signed him if he thought he had an attitude that couldn't be sorted.

Look at the players that have come to Arsenal with reputations similar to that of Eboue. Lehmann, Hleb, Gallas, Van Persie and that's just current players. Hleb was as famous in Germany for splitting the Stuttgart dressing room as he was for his football! How many of you get on those players back?

Van Persie has 8 yellow cards in 25 starts (six sub appearances) Eboue has just 3 in 22 (3sub appearances). Now consider that Eboue is a defender. Even Lehmann (5) has more yellow cards that Eboue that says a lot for me. In our first choice back 4 only Gallas has fewer yellow cards that Eboue.

So that's his 'temper` dealt with.

I can't for one second defend him for his diving antics, it's a disgrace and all of you are right to slam him for that. There's no place for it in the game and certainly no place for it at Arsenal. But you`re not on a level playing field here. How come no one comes down so hard on the other players in our side that take the odd dive?

If we are to sell a player because he dives then we can say goodbye not only to Eboue but Van Persie, Henry and Fabregas.

I'm not saying people are wrong for criticizing Eboue but I think that you're being too harsh on the lad.

Have faith in Wenger.

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

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday February 27 2007
Time: 4:24PM


I dont think he should be stoned just yet but he does need to cut out the antics sooner rather than later. In regards to Cesc and the other players I feel they react badly to situations rather than start them which is something that Manu is prone to. The diving probably rankles with people because he often runs into the faces of others (Robben and Ronaldo) and berates them and it looks very hypocritical!
27/02/2007 16:41:00
Ah sweet statistics, as you know simmy, I completely agree. Either we want Jens, Cesc, Eboue, RVP and Toure sold, or we say they're out of order and trust the manager to sort them. Vieira had a supporter love in the likes of which I think is only rivalled by Raul and Madrid, yet he was hardly an angel!
Little Dutch
27/02/2007 16:49:00
Could not agree more LD. And I think Eboue is being sorted by AW.
27/02/2007 17:40:00
eboue was amazing when he returned from the African Nations Cup and took us to the champions league final - my only complaint is his diving, positional awareness and all that will come with experience and im willing to wait
27/02/2007 17:43:00
Wenger needs a bit more time with him to knock him into shape.
27/02/2007 19:35:00
Eboue has a screw loose... hes mad and his attitude stinks... but he is a fantastic talent and Wenger should stick with him.
27/02/2007 19:56:00
Passion for the team and the game can easily be mistaken as madness or uncontrolled anger - look at Ade on Sunday. That guy wants to party spends as much time cheerleading the fans to get the team motivated than he does playing...and he gets a red card for appearing to be angry, but merely trying to break up the scuffle to get on with the match. Eboue does need to work some things out, but yes, fixing the diving problem should take precidence over showing angry passion on the field!
27/02/2007 20:04:00
i could use some angry passion
27/02/2007 20:32:00
you said it!
27/02/2007 20:35:00
couldnt pass that one up!
27/02/2007 21:10:00
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