Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday February 27 2007
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.
Date:Tuesday February 27 2007
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