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Arsenal Transfer News: Emmanuel Eboue Close To Galatasaray Switch

Abhishek Iyer
1.55K   //    25 Jul 2011, 17:02 IST

Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is reportedly close to an exit from the Emirates after the Londoners accepted a 4 million pound bid from Turkish side Galatasaray. There has been speculation surrounding him all summer and he was left out of Arsenal’s promotional tour to Asia and training camp at Cologne as well.

Eboue may be Turkey bound

English media outlet talkSPORT ran the following story-

Emmanuel Eboue has agreed personal terms with Galatasaray and is now destined to leave Arsenal in a deal worth around £4m.

The 28-year-old spent six years in north London but never managed to hold down a regular first team place.

Eboue managed to win the fans over but he is now heading to Turkey after Galatasaray had a bid accepted.

Eboue was the classic case of the sine curve career at Arsenal. He arrived at the club in 2006 from FC Beveren. And in his first few seasons, he went on a meteoric rise to be considered one of the up and coming right backs in world football. He formed part of the Arsenal defence en route to the 2006 Champions League final; a defence that didn’t concede a single goal after the group stages.

He formed a competent crosser to many Theirry Henry goals in the 06-07 season, and was one of the most versatile players Arsenal had with the ability to play anywhere across midfield. But then his career started going downhill, with diving, eccentric antics and poor performances dotting the coming seasons.

His nadir came against Wigan in the 08-09 season, when he became ‘the substitute who was substituted’ after much barracking from fans and a horrible outing. But he has shown grit and determination to claw his way back since then and win the adulation of the fans once more.

Sadly, the adulation was destined to be short lived, as it now appears that Galatasaray have got their man. It remains to be seen whether Eboue can rekindle his lost form in Turkey or if he is resigned to being a bit part player there as well. Stay tuned for more in this regard.

Abhishek Iyer
24 year old, short term pessimist and long term optimist gooner. If you read any of my stuff and come to the conclusion that I know nothing about football, we\'ve finally reached an agreement.
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