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Former Arsenal cult hero wants return after Galatasaray nightmare

Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Eboue has insisted that he wants a second spell with the club after ending his spell in Turkey.

The right-back was released by Galatasaray at the end of last season after spending a year playing for the Under-21 side, and has since claimed that the club’s president had forced former coach Cesare Prandelli to do so.

“I came back for training 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,” he said, as reported by The Daily Mail.

“We are looking for options but I’d love to come back to Arsenal.”

While the 32-year-old has now put that episode of his career behind him, it remains to be seen whether or not he is granted his wish and secures a reunion with Arsene Wenger.

Having made 214 appearances for the club over a six-year period before moving to Turkey, he undoubtedly emerged as a key part of the Frenchman’s plans. However, indifferent performances often led to criticism from supporters, which in turn led to his departure.

Given the emergence of Hector Bellerin, it remains highly unlikely that the Gunners will contemplate making an offer to Eboue. However, with Mathieu Debuchy expected to leave the club this month in search of first-team football, Wenger may well need depth and cover in that position and could be tempted by the short-term fix at low cost.

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