Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue receives praise from Kieran Gibbs

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The Ivorian was recently shown some love by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the club at the tender age of just 18 so needed plenty of looking after upon his arrival. Earlier in the week he revealed the one player who really made him feel really 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.

Perhaps that is why his former team-mates are trying to drum up some interest in him, as 'The Ox' was not alone in singing his praises this week. Fellow Arsenal player Kieran Gibbs has also joined in. When asked on Twitter yesterday which Arsenal player, past or present, he would like to be stranded on a desert island with this was his response:

Maybe the Ivorian has asked for some help getting his name back out there as his Gala career seemingly comes to an end. Or, he really was the life and soul of the party at Arsenal Football Club.

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