Former Arsenal defender training with Sunderland

Gautam Sudev / 12 February 2016

The former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is reported to be attending training sessions at Sunderland FC, claims Telegraph. The 32-year-old defender left the Emirates in 2011 to join Turkish outfit Galatasaray and is a free agent since last summer. He is a natural right-back, but was utilised as a winger and a center-back by Arsenal and Galatasaray. It is aslos possible for Sunderland to sign the effervescent player, who is presently attached to none.

However, his fitness will be considerably short of the Premier League standards as the player has not featured in a competitive match since last May. So Sunderland will be keeping a tab on the defender’s fitness progress.

Sam Allardyce’ Sunderland squad have two notable right-backs, Billy Jones and DeAndre Yedlin, but both have failed to shine, which leaves a fair chance for the signing of the Ivorian defender.

Arsenal fans will be ever benevolent to Eboue who featured 214 times for the Gunners, across all competitions. He himself spoke earlier of his desire to return to the much-loved Arsenal.

“We are looking for options,” Eboue told The Sun, “but I’d love to come back to Arsenal.”

But such a surprise move is highly improbable as the current right-backs of Arsenal, Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers are in impressive form. After leaving Arsenal in 2011, to join Galatarasay for a reported fee of 3.5 million Euros, the Ivorian enjoyed an awesome start to his life in Turkey, and sustained the purple patch of form in the next two years. He featured 102 times for the Turkish giants over the span of three years.

Things took a drastic turn as he could not feature for the team in the 2014-15 season, and was downgraded to play in the U-21 squad.

He has also won 79 international caps, scoring three goals.

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