Eboue: Friends helped me get over being booed against Wigan
It has now been six months since that disgusting incident occurred late in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Wigan last season.
Emmanuel Eboue – then fresh off a long injury lay-off – was jeered by a majority of the Emirates’ crowd after giving away possession on a number of occasions as the visitors showed intent of equalizing.
Impressively, the Ivorian would bounce back by winning over some of those critics with three rare goals to show for the rest of the campaign.
The event on that cold night in December still sinks in Eboue’s mind, but he is now very fond of his Arsenal stay particularly due to the support he received from close friends.
Eboue admits his confidence lowered during that time but people close to him helped lift his head up high again.
“After the game, my friends saw me and I was very dissapointed so after that they gave me a call to tell me to forget that and they helped me a lot. So now I feel very well and I will try my best to give more and 100% on the pitch” He said in the Arsenal Season Review DVD.
Countryman Kolo Toure was certainly one of many who consoled Eboue and Arsenal’s veteran defender acknowledges his versatile teammate saw out a very tough time.
“He is like my brother and for me, Eboue hurt is like Kolo Toure has been hurt. I think he is a strong man now and in life anything can happen and you have to be ready for anything.
Toure added: There are some hard times like that and you have to show that you’re a man and I think he did that.”