Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue has admitted that he is still in love with his old club Arsenal, and the right-back cannot wait to return to the Emirates Stadium this weekend for the club's annual Emirates Cup tournament.
The Ivory Coast international spent six years at Arsenal after signing for them from KSK Beveren back in 2005.
During his time at Arsenal, he became a fan favourite at the club for his sensational personality and his humorous ways, but with humour and positives, came a bunch of negatives as well.
Eboue was once subbed on by Arsene Wenger and then subbed off about ten minutes later because of his poor showing and all the home fans turned on him and booed him off.
His final straw at the Gunners came when he gave away an 110th minute penalty against Liverpool.
After that, Wenger finally sold the versatile player but despite the negatives, the Ivorian has admitted that he still talks to players from the club and still watches every game that he can because he loves the club.
“I still speak to several of the guys regularly - Bacary Sagna and Abou Diaby for example - and sometimes Arsène Wenger too,” Eboue told the Official Matchday Programme.
“I always want to hear news from the club because I am a big supporter of them. I’m a Galatasaray player now, but I am still in love with Arsenal and I always watch their games.
“The club only did good things for me, and I never had any trouble from anybody. My only bad day was that game against Wigan, but that was something you must be ready for as football player. I will never, ever forget Arsenal or its supporters and I cannot wait to see them again.
“I am so excited [about the Emirates Cup]! I was on holiday when I first found out - one of my friends called me and said: ‘Manu, you know you’re going to play in the Emirates Cup against Arsenal?’
“I couldn’t believe it. I can’t wait to see my old team-mates, the staff and of course the fans. They all did so many good things for me, and it’s going to be a brilliant experience.”
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