From Arsenal and Galatasaray to SAFC: a belated welcome to Emmanuel Eboué

He is a defender with experience, quality and commitment. He plays in a position where, despite Yedlin’s recent improvement, we’ve struggled. And until the end of the season at least, he’s ours.

Salut! Sunderland welcomes Emmanuel Eboué and wishes him well at the Stadium of Light, however long or short his stay.

This is how introduced him:

Sunderland must play hard and fight for their right to stay in the Barclays Premier League, according to new signing Emmanuel Eboué.

The Ivorian completed a move to Wearside on Wednesday penning a short-term deal until the end of the season, and speaking exclusively to revealed why he wanted to return to England’s top flight.

Eboué, who initially arrived at the club on trial, has already featured for the under-21s and will add valuable experience to the Black Cats’ ranks having spent eight years with Arsenal, during which time the Gunners reached the UEFA Champions League final.

He said: “I’ve trained with the team for almost one month and, as I said, from my first day I’ve felt very good; I’ve also known the club for a long time and I know Jermain [Defoe], John [O’Shea] and Catts, as well as the French players, so it is like a family here.

“I also thank the manager who has given me a second chance, so I hope I can give my best for the club and also for him … It is going to be difficult as we’re at the bottom so we will fight hard to move up the table.”

And this is how I concluded a piece for ESPN FC on the signing:

Helping Sunderland secure safety may not quite feel the same as chasing titles or playing Champions League football. But at a time when fallout from off-field issues have damaged the club’s public image and the supporting public’s morale, Eboue would earn undying gratitude if he made even a small contribution to ensuring a 10th succession Premier League season.

M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake
M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake

2 thoughts on “From Arsenal and Galatasaray to SAFC: a belated welcome to Emmanuel Eboué”

  1. This guy has to play,he’s far better than any right back we have now,no-one plays that many games for Arsenal who is’nt a decent player,Big Sam knows what he can do and i’m certain he’ll play him in the next game.We are looking good at the moment,playing well,but just need a bit of luck and I think we can escape relegation!

  2. Well the video shows him to be a canny mover, hope he’s dancing all then way ‘tween now and May 15th.

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