Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Emmanuel Eboue made him 'feel comfortable' at Arsenal

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The England international had high praise for the Ivorian misfit.

Arsenal snapped up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton in 2011 and this has perhaps been his best season for the club yet. He appears to have put his injury problems behind him and is already just one game away from levelling his best appearance total for Arsenal of 33.

At the moment that is out of reach, as he is sidelined by injury, and now he has been talking about his time at Arsenal.

He joined the club at the tender age of just 18 so needed plenty of mentoring upon his arrival. Today he has revealed the one player who really made him feel welcome, a name you might not expect - Emmanuel Eboue.

He told Arsenal.com: “I remember my first training session. I think I was just coming back from an ankle injury as well. As I arrived, my first session was with Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Eboue - just the three of us doing passing drills.

“I remember I couldn’t even pass the ball more than five yards in the first 10 minutes. Eboue made me feel comfortable and welcome with his jokes and his laughing and I settled into it a little bit more.

“It’s been a great experience for me, now I feel like this is home.”

Eboue was well known for his comedic presence off the pitch. He was also known for his comedic presence on the pitch as well, but that's another story.

The Ivorian, however, was clearly a colleague who made 'Chambo' feel at home at the club immediately, which seems to have paid dividends. Although, he was not a team-mate for long - just eight days later Eboue left the club.

Nowadays Eboue is in the wilderness. He is signed with Turkish side Galatasaray but has not played a game for the club since last season despite being fully fit.

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