Emmanuel Eboue reveals the three words Arsene Wenger told him when he first arrived at Arsenal
ARSENAL hero Emmanuel Eboue has revealed the three words Arsene Wenger said to him when he first arrived at the club.
The Ivorian signed in 2004 from Belgian side Beveren.
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Eboue went on to play 214 times for the club, winning the League Cup twice and he was part of the squad that lost the Champions League final in 2006 to Barcelona.
He has now opened up on what it was like to move to North London and how Wenger welcomed him.
Eboue told Labrokes’ Fanzone: “When I think back to my first days at Arsenal, the first memory I have is of Highbury.
“When I grew up in my own country, I watched so many incredible players inside that stadium, on my TV, and I never imagined that I’d be one of them.
“And then all of a sudden I was here, in London, heading from the airport to Highbury. I was so happy; it’s a moment I’ll never forget.
“And then, once I’d finished my visit to the stadium, I met Arsene Wenger, who had the best three words for me. ‘Are you ready?’
“I said “ready for what?’
“‘Are you ready to play for Arsenal?’
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“Of course I was. I told him again and again that this was my dream, coming true.
“I was so happy to be there, to meet up with my team-mates and give everything for my fans.
“Everywhere I go, every team I’ve played for, I felt the fans loved me.
“Emmanuel Eboue; they know he’s the joker, he’s the guy who brings happiness to the team.
“I was so close to the Arsenal supporters, always laughing with them, so my relationship with them is great.
“I was always happy to speak with supporters and take pictures… they’re an unbelievable group of people.”
Eboue left Arsenal after six-and-a-half seasons for a three year spell in Turkey with Galatasaray.
He was also on the books of Sunderland but was released after one month after being hit with a football ban for failing to pay an agent.