Former players returning to Arsenal in the twilight of their career has warmed the cockles in years gone by. Think Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann and of course…Thierry’s unforgettable homecoming.
Even the contract handed to ‘renaissance man’ Mathieu Flamini made us warm and fuzzy inside.
Then there are the ‘Invincibles’ who have sporadically and magically popped up in first team training pictures; Martin Keown barking at Philippe Senderos, Robert Pires looking gloriously Gallic, Gilberto Silva, suitably majestic and Freddie Ljungberg showing off his Scandi cheekbones.
One chap we suspect won’t be getting a return to the Emirates, even though we’re sure his tigerish love of fancy dress would see London Colney’s ‘banter game’ step up a notch, is Emmanuel Eboue.
At 32-years-old old our former right-back is without a club having finally been released from a traumatic spell at Galatasaray and he fancies another stint at Arsenal.
Reflecting on his current circumstances he explained to The Sun: “We are looking for options but I’d love to come back to Arsenal.
He continued: “I came back for training [at Galatasaray] and was told I would not be playing. The president told the manager at the time not to pick me. The way I was treated was very unfair.”
Eboue doesn’t appear to have played a single first team game for the Turkish giants since April 2014 – a stint on the sidelines that stretches to 640 days. Even by Winston Bogarde standards, that’s impressive.
As Arsenal fans will remember, Eboue suffered the ignominy of being booed off by his own fans for an inept performance against Wigan in 2008 and drew a line under his Gunners career by conceding a ridiculous penalty against Liverpool in the 112th minute of a game at the Emirates in 2011. Coming just moments after we’d taken the lead, it was a classic case of Ebouecide from which he never recovered…
Anyway, despite the fact we’re about to shift Mathieu Debuchy, we suspect Arsene may resist the temptation to sign Emmanuel as cover for Hector Bellerin.
So with that in mind, the poo-ometer makes a triumphant return.