Eboue higher than Ozil - Super display means former Arsenal man has more UCL assists

Former Arsenal man Emmanuel Eboue turned in a very impressive display in midweek.

Emmanuel Eboue was Arsenal's starting right-back in their one and only Champions League final appearance, and the Ivory Coast defender remains a regular in the competition.

Sold by Arsenal in 2011 to Galatasaray, the 30-year-old is rarely out of the headlines in Turkey.

It is fair to say his Champions League season did not get off to the best of starts, he was roasted by an inspired Real Madrid side who battered them 6-1.

A lot has changed at the club in the past month, with title winning manager Fatih Terim sacked and replaced by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

The Italian has had a positive effect on the squad, which showed in Galatasaray's 3-1 midweek win over FC Copenhagen.

Emmanuel Eboue was central to the victory. He was among the Turkish side's standout performers on the night and provided two assists in the win.

After Felipe Melo had opened the scoring with a header from a Danny Nounkeu cross, it was Eboue turning provider, laying on a neat pass for Wesley Sneijder to fire into the bottom corner from the centre of the penalty area.

Then early in the second, Eboue's cross was met by the right boot of countryman Didier Drogba, who clinically put the result of the game beyond doubt.

They were the only two key passes Eboue made all game, and his teammates ruthlessly dispatched the chances he provided.

It means Eboue's name figures high in the UEFA Champions League assist charts after three games, with those his only of the competition so far.

Angel di Maria of Real Madrid has the most with four, followed by Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), and Gregory van der Wiel and Thiago Motta (PSG), all on three.

Eboue then is one of nine players to provide two assists in the competition after three games.

The others are Blaise Matudi and Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG), Gabi (Atletico Madrid), Heung-Min Son (Leverkusen), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Marco Streller (Basel), Samir Nasri (Manchester City) and Oscar (Chelsea).

Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil, leading the way for Eboue's former club - dubbed the 'king of assists', has just the one so far, against Napoli.

We would not expect this to last, so Eboue should enjoy it while it lasts, but few Arsenal fans would begrudge a player who has the reputation of a bit of a cult hero at the Emirates, any success which comes his way.

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