This season, overall, has many similar parallels to 2008/09. Robin van Persie playing many games, and scoring. Beating Chelsea and United, but losing at home to lesser teams, and ultimately finishing 4th. Another similarity is the mixed bag of performances from Emmanuel Eboue. Last year, he played excellently at times, providing a good attacking option from right back, and playing well at right forward. This year, injury and the performance of Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri kept Eboue out of the lineup for most of the season. When he did play, he either performed well, as he did against Barcelona and Blackpool, or, he made foolish mistakes, as he did against Liverpool, when his needless concession of a 101st minute penalty put the final nail in Arsenal's coffin.
The Short Fuse's Arsenal season review continues with utility man/dance master Emmanuel Eboue.
Those two games may have summed up Eboue's time at Arsenal. Brilliant against Blackpool, he drove forward and scored excellently after a nice one two with Jack Wilshere. That sort of drive could've been useful against Blackburn the week before, as it would've added an extra attacking option. Unfortunately, the next week Eboue was awful. He fell over claiming an injury as Luis Suarez bore down on goal, and he foolishly bundled over Lucas to concede a last minute penalty. While John O'Shea, for example, might not be as skillful, the Manchester United man wouldn't have made that kind of mistake at that moment in the match. Eboue clearly loves the club, and is a cult figure at the Emirates, but with the addition of Carl Jenkinson, it's hard to see a role for Eboue next year. Perhaps, for his sake and ours, that is best. But, it will be sad to not see his fun antics on the pitch.
Ted's emoticon: :@