Believe it or not, the much-maligned Emmanuel Eboue is a very wanted man elsewhere.
Indeed, according to the player’s representative, Spanish giants Atletico Madrid were eager to sign the Ivorian recently and had an undisclosed bid declined by Arsenal.
It has been no secret the relationship between a majority of the Arsenal faithful and the 25-year-old this season, but whatever the case, it’s apparent there are others craving the versatile defender/midfielder’s services.
Arsenal’s rejection of Atletico’s offer should come as a positive and confidence restoring news for both Eboue and his critics. He DOES have a meaning to the club after all.
Franjo Vranjkovic, Eboue’s agent, said:
‘We received an official request from Atletico Madrid which was passed to Arsenal.
‘I have the fax from director Ken Friar who wrote to me to say they are not interested in the offer.
‘Then I received a call from Arsene Wenger, who invited me to go to England to start negotiations over a renewal.
‘I see no possibility that the player will leave Arsenal.’
What should be acknowledged now is Eboue’s hard toil – at least – when in the red and white for Arsenal.