Arsenal have been enjoying a great pre-season so far, with a 100 percent record on the tour of Asia and plenty of good performances and goals. The preparations take a step up this weekend with the Emirates cup games against Napoli and Galatasaray, which should give us a much better idea of what shape the Gunners are really in as the Premier League season gets close.
What has happened to Gervinho at Arsenal? by SS
The first time I saw Gervinho play was in the 2010 world cup for the Ivory Coast. Every time he had the ball, the crowd would go wild because of his amazing ability to get past any man who stood in his way. He has fast footwork like we see from Cristiano Ronaldo and he could actually score goals.
Even when he was at Lille the following season he continued to prove how much of a good player he was, he scored many goals and people started to notice him. The top clubs in Europe were linked with him but in the end as we know Arsenal won.
Is Sagna’s time up at Arsenal? by AH
Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna has spent the majority of his career with the Gunners, after signing from Ligue 1 side Auxerre back in 2007. In those 6 years Sagna has managed to make 175 league appearances, scoring just 3 goals. In his first years he competed with Emmanuel Eboue to nail down the Right Back position, however it was quickly seen who the better player was and Sagna soon managed to make a stance and become Arsenal’s regular Right Back. Since then he has never really managed to lose his place, mainly due to the lack of competition, however with Jenkinson now seemingly hot on his tail, could this be the French international’s last season with Arsenal?
I had to do a double take when I saw this story in the newspaper this morning, then I checked the date to see if it was April Fool’s Day, although that does not necessarily the story true. Apparently, the Turkish champions Galatasaray want to sign the Arsenal and Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the summer, and they are willing to pay £12 million for the privilege.
Arsenal paid under £11 million to the French Ligue 1 club Lille for him in July 2011. Gervinho had just scored 18 goals that season as Lille won the French title, but it is fair to say that he has not really replicated his form since coming to the Emirates.
Many Arsenal fans were extremely surprised when the Gunners supersub (and cult hero) Emmanuel Eboue announced that he was moving to Turkey with Galatasary last summer.
It was questioned whether this was a wise move by Wenger considering that Eboue was a very versatile and talented backup for the Arsenal defence (and how man times could we have used him this season?), but Eboue himself has now revealed that it was Wenger who urged him to accept the offer from the Turkish giants.
“Arsene Wenger told me it would be very hard for me to get a place in the first team, and because of that, I wanted to leave,” Eboue said.
When Sagna was out injured not too long ago, Arsenal have since been suffering in the right back position. Bacary Sagna has been an extremely important part to the Arsenal backline, his backup will also be essential as seen in recent matches where Arsenal look rather vulnerable on the right. So the question comes, should we have let Emmanuel Eboue the party animal to leave the club?
Emmauel Eboue was a cult hero for the Gooners. Naturally, it was shocking to hear of the news that he had left the club for Galatasaray. Arsene Wenger was no slouch either, signing Carl Jenkinson in response to the Ivorian’s departure.
As the experienced Eboue had proven to be an able deputy to the fantastic Bacary Sagna, a lot was asked of the young Jenkinson when he first came into the team for injured Sagna. The lad had been playing League 1 football with Charlton just a year earlier but he rose to the challenge, putting in good shifts against the likes of Marseille, Udinese and Sunderland.
It is being reported today that Arsenal have agreed a £4m fee with the Turkish giants Galatasary for the 28 year-old defender Emmanuel Eboue, and he is leaving with Arsene Wenger’s blessing.
We all knew that Denilson and Bendtner were going to be out the door, but Eboue was thought to be staying at Arsenal for life! He has had his bad times when he was massively abused by the fans, but after getting over that bad period he has become a bit of a cult figure, despite never managing to hold down a permanent first team place.
The ever-erratic Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has reached the great age of 28, but has never really made a name for himself as a regular in the Gunners first team.
He was a near hate-figure for the Arsenal fans a few seasons ago but has now become like a lovable uncle that cheers up his family by clowning around every now and then!
But now it seems his Arsenal career is coming to an end. He was left behind in London when Arsene Wenger took his squad to Malaysia on tour, and in company with Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia he has been trying to find a new club for next season, and it seems that he has now found a match.
The QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt was the undisputed star at Loftus Road last season and was voted Championship Player Of The Year, and Neil Warnock is well aware that he will have trouble keeping Taarabt out of the clutches of a top club, and according to the Star, Arsenal are one of those interested.
But Warnock will only sell his ex-Tottenham reject if he can also strengthen his side for the struggle to stay in the Premiership next season, and the Star reports that he wants Emmanuel Eboue to join the club.
There is a weird Arsenal rumour today that Emmanuel Eboue may be the latest player to head to the Gunners greatest rivals Tottenham Hotspur, following in the footsteps of William Gallas. The Ivory Coast international is seen as a good squad player, and after a difficult start to his time at the Emirates, has gained a cult following amongst the Arsenal fans.
However the Daily Mirror is reporting that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is an admirer of the versatile defender/midfielder and would like to bring him to White Hart Lane to play permanently in the right back position. Redknapp believes he needs more competition on the right side of the team and thinks Eboue could be the answer to his problems.
Arsenal’s former cult-hero Emmanuel Eboue could be leaving the Emirates stadium after his latest blunder cost the Gunners two points in the title race when he conceded a penalty against Liverpool late in extra time this weekend.
The Daily Mail reports that Eboue has made himself a prime candidate for being part of Arsène Wenger’s clear out at the end of the season. Although the manager backed the player in public, in private his patience has run out with the player who has not been a stranger to such mistakes in the past.