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Emmanuel Eboué

Emmanuel Eboué (born 4 June 1983) is an Côte d'Ivoire footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal F.C. and Côte d'Ivoire national football team. Emmanuel Eboué natural position is at right back, but Emmanuel Eboué is also used in various other positions. Eboué also holds a Belgium passport.

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Emmanuel Eboué biography

Emmanuel Eboué (born 4 June 1983) is an Côte d'Ivoire footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal F.C. and Côte d'Ivoire national football team. Emmanuel Eboué natural position is at right back, but Emmanuel Eboué is also used in various other positions. Eboué also holds a Belgium passport.

Club career

Early career

Eboué began Emmanuel Eboué football career at the famous ASEC Mimosas youth academy, like former teammate Kolo Touré. In 2002, Eboué moved to ASEC's Belgian feeder club, K.S.K. Beveren, and spent three seasons there. Emmanuel Eboué impressive performances in Belgium caught the eye of Arsenal F.C. scouts.


Eboué's debut came only days after signing from Beveren, in the FA Cup against Stoke City F.C.. Although Emmanuel Eboué was not initially a first team regular, making just one FA Premier League appearance, as a substitute, in 2004-05 in English football, Eboué was regularly in Arsenal's reserve team that season.

In 2005-06 in English football, Eboué made Emmanuel Eboué break into the Arsenal side. Emmanuel Eboué started the season mainly as a reserve player, though Emmanuel Eboué scored Emmanuel Eboué first goal for Arsenal in the club's 3–0 Football League Cup third round victory at Sunderland A.F.C. on 25 October 2005. Despite leaving for the African Cup of Nations in January 2006, Emmanuel Eboué was immediately sent into action on Emmanuel Eboué return; Emmanuel Eboué made Emmanuel Eboué first career Premiership start at right back against Liverpool F.C. at Anfield, replacing the injured Lauren Etame Mayer. With Lauren injured for the rest of the season, Eboué held Emmanuel Eboué place for the remainder of Arsenal's 2005–06 campaign.
Eboué's run in the Arsenal side included matches in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase against Real Madrid C.F., Juventus F.C., and Villarreal CF. Impressed with the way the Ivorian adapted to the increased pace of the Premiership and pressure of the Champions League, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger even compared Eboué to the legendary Brazilian winger Garrincha after an energetic performance in the 1 April 2006 game against Aston Villa F.C.. Eboué continued in the starting line-up for Arsenal in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France.

Eboué started the 2006-07 in English football, and was awarded the Arsenal Player of the Month award for September. However, Emmanuel Eboué was injured in an international and spent the whole of the month of October out with injury. Emmanuel Eboué made Emmanuel Eboué first team return as a substitute in the 1–0 defeat by West Ham United F.C. on 5 November, and started the League Cup win over Everton F.C. later that same week. Emmanuel Eboué scored Emmanuel Eboué second Arsenal goal in their 3–1 Champions League victory over Hamburger SV on 21 November 2006. Persistent ankle problems have plagued Emmanuel Eboué throughout December 2006 and January 2007. Emmanuel Eboué attempted to make many comebacks, mostly against high profile teams such as Liverpool, in the FA 3rd Round and Manchester United F.C., but Emmanuel Eboué was unable to come through them unscathed. Wenger decided to wait until there was no chance that there would be a recurrence of the injury. Emmanuel Eboué came off the bench for Armand Traoré in the 2007 Football League Cup Final against Chelsea F.C.. Emmanuel Eboué started the match against Blackburn Rovers F.C. in the FA cup 5th Round Replay, only for Emmanuel Eboué ankle to get injured again from a studs-up challenge from Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen, which the referee also missed.

In May 2007, Eboué signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. From the start of the 2007-08 in English football season, Arsène Wenger stated Emmanuel Eboué intention to move Eboué into a role on the right wing, following the signing of Bacary Sagna. On 20 September 2008, Eboué scored Emmanuel Eboué first Premier League goal against Bolton Wanderers F.C. in an away match, which Arsenal won 3–1. During the 2008-09 in English football season, Emmanuel Eboué was much maligned by certain fan sections after some less-than-satisfactory performances. This dip in form also mirrored poor form by the team as a whole and the absence of teammate Theo Walcott (who also has played regularly on the right wing) through injury. After a particularly difficult game on 6 December 2008, Eboué was substituted against Wigan Athletic F.C., after Emmanuel Eboué came on as a substitute and appeared visibly upset by the crowd's negative reaction to Emmanuel Eboué performance. On 8 March 2009, Emmanuel Eboué scored the third goal against Burnley F.C. in the FA Cup fifth round match. On 14 March, Emmanuel Eboué scored two goals (one a penalty) in the Gunners' 4–0 hammering of Blackburn Rovers F.C..

Emmanuel Eboué scored Emmanuel Eboué first goal of the 2009/10 season for Arsenal against Wigan Athletic on 19 September 2009, the fixture Emmanuel Eboué was booed by a small section of Emmanuel Eboué own fans in the previous season. On 9 March 2010, in the second leg of Arsenal's Champions League tie at home to Porto, Eboué scored the fourth goal in a 5–0 win having come on as a substitute. In March 2010, Eboué dismissed speculation Emmanuel Eboué would leave Arsenal F.C. and pledged to see out the remainder of Emmanuel Eboué contract.

At the end of 2010, late October or November, Eboué signed another long-term contract, with Arsenal.

International career

Eboué debuted for Côte d'Ivoire national football team in 2004 and has generally been regular fixture in defense, along with former teammate Kolo Touré. On the 18th November 2009, Eboué scored Emmanuel Eboué first goal for Ivory Coast in a 2–2 draw against Germany. Emmanuel Eboué was named in Sven Goran Eriksson's Ivory Coast squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

International goals

Arsenal career statistics

(- FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield)

Personal life

Before joining Arsenal, Eboué married Emmanuel Eboué Belgian girlfriend. Emmanuel Eboué has three children, who joined Emmanuel Eboué on a lap of honour at the end of the 2009–10 season.



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