Galatasaray have completed the signing of Emmanuel Eboue from Arsenal, in a deal worth £3.5m.
The 28-year old Ivorian has signed for the Turkish side, after agreeing terms and completing a medical this morning.
Eboue arrived at Arsenal, after leaving Belgium side, Beveren in 2005. He made 132 appearances for The Gunners, scoring 5 goals.
He wasn’t the best footballer we’ve seen to wear the famous red and white shirt, but he sure was a delightful character, that will be sorely missed in the dressing room.
My favourite memory of Eboue would have to be his heroic antics in Bad Waltersdorf, a couple of seasons ago.
It was Andrei Arshavin’s first pre-season with the club. The little Russian was clearly in no mood to sign autographs and take photos with the fans, and disappointingly, walked straight towards the team coach.
However, Eboue saw this and was far from impressed.
Just as Arshavin was about to step onto the coach, Eboue bear hugged the little Russian, dragging him away from the coach, and then forced him to appreciate the small gooner gathering, who had made great efforts to come all the way out to Austria.
Even the rather stubborn Arshavin laughed at the situation. After about 10 minutes of photos and autographs, it seemed that every fan was content. Arshavin then proceeded to attempt his second trip back onto the coach. But again, was stopped by Eboue who was making final checks, ensuring that every fan had been dealt with.
A cult hero. A fans favourite. And rightly so. Eboue was a rare footballer, who understood that a little bit of time and effort means everything to the fans.
Definitely not the best player in the world, but there’s no doubt that he will be greatly missed by the people who knew him well.