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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Emmanuel Eboue

The Ivory Coast has yet another talent to look out for; 23 year old Emmanuel Eboue has been impressive so far for Arsenal.

Coach Arsene Wenger has shown a lot of confidence in the youngster and he’s really handled the starting job well. At right fullback he’s replaced normal starter Lauren and we may just see a repeat of last season when Philippe Senderos replaced Sol Campbell when he was injured. I can’t see Wenger giving Lauren the spot back if he returns this season after the way Eboue kept Robinho and Zidane completely shut down against Real Madrid.

Arsenal purchased Eboue during the January 2005 transfer window. He’d been a figure on the reserves and some of Arsenal’s cup matches. He’s impressed everyone at Arsenal so far and me as well.

In this year’s 2006 African Cup of Nations he also performed very well and will feature in this summer’s World Cup as Ivory Coast's right back. A good World Cup will surely win Eboue the starting spot next season as well.

Eboue brings tons of energy to the match. He’s got the moves of a midfield winger as well as the pace. He’s starting to win a reputation for fantastic runs as well. He should have already scored a few. Alongside countryman Kolo Toure, Arsenal has one of the most athletic back 4’s in Europe. He’s so quick in defense that he easily makes up for mistakes and just seems to have a knack for the position. I’m thoroughly impressed with Eboue and I’m convinced he’s going to be a world class player.

*Note: Welcome Rui Rocha from Portugal, he's going to contribute when he has time. I've mailed Rui a number of times with questions about Portugal and Spain and have been really impressed with his knowledge, glad to have him here.

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Blogger Al's Money Shot said...

Good post mate,its nice to see someone else appreciate eboue! fancy adding links to each others site? mine is http://thearseclub.blogspot.com?

3/23/2006 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe this will be my first post on this site. Eboue has been fantastic. I'm constantly thinking Le Boss should pair Lauren and Gilberto as anchormen next season, as Lauren is a natural midfielder with defensive experience. We have very good attacking midfielders in Cesc, Hleb, Flam and even Diaby. I think we will all be smiling soon when this new team gel even more.


What do u think about the anchorman role? I just think we need to be more robust in balancing defense and attack.

Post comments pls

3/24/2006 12:24 AM  
Blogger radgoon said...

Agree all the way. Can't drop Eboue on this form, he has been excellent. Lauren is still a tidy player and can do a very good job, in my opinion, on the right hand side away from home. He can fulfill the Parlour role and him and Eboue could overlap eachother and be a real mobile and powerful right hand side.

3/24/2006 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

make no sense to me. Lauren was a right mid but has been converted to a right back. now after 3 to 4 years, we ask him play anchorman/right mid...just for our convenience sake..

its always nice to have options. 2 right backs sounds just right to me. Just as Ashley and clichy is ideal. If only clichy have more sense than to get injured, he would have overtaken ashley for the left back and we can flog ashley to chelski without regrets.

as it is, we still have to bow and grovel and hope ashley stays. sux. So many players holding the club to ransom. Vieria, Cole, Henry, Pires ...great bunch of footballers.

ok i digress, as im wont to do.

-km-

3/24/2006 5:11 PM  
Anonymous DavidM said...

I was at Highbury on Saturday and was impressed by how strong the defence was starting to look. The back four seemed to be jelling at last.

The encouraging thing for Arsenal -was that Henry played okay, but the team around him seemed much better than earlier this season and they weren't relying on him.

It should be an interesting run-in for 4th place.

And Wenger seems to have done it again with a young, unknown player coming through strong.

3/24/2006 6:36 PM  
Anonymous DavidM said...

Re. anonymous 1:24am:

I don't know about lauren but we do need a Viera style replacement. Cesc is an outstanding player and Flamini is good but they are both flair, forward looking players.

Gilberto isthe only one we have who acts as a defensive midfielder, so maybe lauren should be moved forward.

BTW I liked Hleb at the weekend, he looked much improved and was an influence on the game.

3/24/2006 6:38 PM  

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