Wenger Blind With Eboue / Traore To Play Left Wing?

By Renoogami

It has to be said. A blind man can see it…We can all see it.

Why can’t Arsene?

I am of course referring to the enigma that is Eboue.

The only reason I can think of for Arsene persisting with him for 90 minutes on Sunday is that perhaps he just wants to confirm to himself that our non goal scoring, injury feigning and cheating ‘midfielder’, has no future in the side and should be moved on in the Summer.

We all know that we need a wide left sided attacking midfielder and I have been saying for weeks that we already have a young and exciting one in the reserves – Armand Traore.

Forget his original position as a left back – he has been playing wide left midfield for the reserve for some time now and producing rave performances.

He is young, possesses great ball control with blistering pace, has the ability to beat players, is a great crosser of the ball (just ask Bentner) and has a wonderful shot on him.

What more can you ask of a wide midfielder? Perhaps the experience of having played at full back for a number of years?

So come 1.30pm on Sunday and with the limited number of players available due to injuries we had the perfect opportunity to see how Armand could perform against a side that were always going to be hard to score against.

And instead Arsene picks dear old Eboue at wide right and pushes poor young Theo over to the left. Anyone ever remember Theo doing well there – cos I don’t?

The stats tell us Eboue is hopeless, our eyes tell us Eboue is hopeless, even Alan Smith thinks Eboue is hopeless for goodness sake!

OK so come half time on Sunday and everyone watching the game can see that Eboue is utterly useless so surely Arsene will change things around. But no – Eboue stays on for the full 90 and Traore only has a quarter of an hour or so to show us what he can do. The rest is history as they say.

With the Flamster going to Milan (good luck to him by the way) is anyone else like me in wondering why Alex Song hasn’t had a chance to show what he can do in midfield. He put in a man of the match performance against Everton at centre back but surely that is only a fill-in role. I’m not sure he is tall enough to play in the centre permanently. Remember Everton’s forwards are not tall and playing against them is slightly difference to playing against Drogba, Berbatov, Ronaldo and Co.

So, whilst we all would like to spend millions in the summer on established stars, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. Yes there will be signings but certainly not overpriced superstars. The last thing we want is to do a Leeds United and get into financial trouble. No, we didn’t win the league nor a cup again this season, but we can still hold our heads high and give all the other clubs in the league hope that you don’t need a fortune to compete with the huge money clubs like Chelsea, ManU, Liverpool and Spurs (11th in the league).

All you need is a great management team and professionally run club – a club with history, tradition, class and dignity.

Kevin Keegan please note.

  • Anonymous

    why are people having a go at flamini for leaving? we were prepared to let him go last summer, he wanted a new contract last year and Arsenal refused so why should he sign a new contract now when a club like milan are offering him twicw as much as we are. someone fuked up with the contracts. i bet he would have bit our hands off last year for 50k a week.

    as for hleb again if another club are offering you more money then why shouldnt you go? after all footballers careers are short and its a job like any other.

    i think song will be used in both roles next year but we need to buy a speedy enforcer shame we let diarra go another fuk up no wonder edelman got the sack.

  • Anonymous

    I am split on the flamini thing. Part of me thinks fair play to him for going, but the other part thinks hes a money grabbing little cock. But the biggest mistake was selling diarra. What a player he would have become if wenger had given him the chance. For me, at the end of september i would have offered flamini a new deal, if he refused to sign it, i would have started diarra instead. flamini would still be leaving but noone would care cos diarra would still be with us and i feel he would have been a better player than flamini anyway.

    Big mistakes at the top have cost us 2 v good holding midfielders. But oh well, done now.Just kills me seeing diarra playing for pompey, and now i hear the yids are after him!!!

  • Anonymous

    Song looks to me as if he has the pace and tackling ability to be a better centre half than Toure.

    I’d rather stick Kolo in the middle to provide the muscle against physical sides.

  • Tom

    Eboue is a disgrace to the shirt – his histrionics this season have been both a liability and an embarressment to the club. As well as that his performances have been well below the level we expect from an attacking player. I think Wenger has used him simply because he has strength and pace and is a bit more durable than Theo at the moment. While he has been good bringing the ball out from defence to the attacking areas his final ball whether crossing or shooting is woefully sloppy – utterly useless actually. The guy couldn’t score if you paid him … oh we do pay him … quite a lot but he’s a waste of space and should be sold at once.

  • Anonymous

    Why the hell play Toure at right back when Eboue was signed as a right back. He’s useless in midfeild but could be right back cover for Sagna. Toure is a centre back no more no less. Song could be that holding midfielder a Flamini replacement. Theo on the right is good, on the left no so good. Traore could be the one back to switch positions. Played well against Everton, in fact changed the game. Could be really good on left wing with ability to slot back and provide defensive cover.
    Worries me that we can see how Arsenal should shape up and Arsene can’t. Am I missing something here?

  • Anonymous

    ironic situation would be if wenger was to offer eboue a new long term deal many will be angry. however next season he could do a flamini in term of performance and then if he was to left a season later we would be angry with the management. so they cannot win

  • Anonymous

    why eboue is staying? becos wenger thinks eboue is better than diarra!

  • Anonymous

    That article is SPOT ON!!!!
    EBOUE HAS TO GO!!!! HAS TO!!!!!!
    Traore should definitely play left midfield.
    And also I think Flamini is a greedy guy to just leave Arsenal for money. Lets be honest thats all he is going for.
    Hopefully Hleb and Fabregas don’t feel the same way.

  • Anonymous

    Wenger didn’t Sub Eboue last week because it would be very damaging to have one of your own players come off the field to a chorus of boos.

  • Anonymous

    Really, all of you are off base on Eboue, in so many ways. When you ask “Why doesn’t Arsene see what we see?”, might you also ask “What does Arsene see that we refuse to see?”

    Attacking fullbacks need cover from midfield when they go forward. That’s one reason Eboue is better paired with Sagna than Theo or most others. As someone skilled in defense (remember he was part of the CL clean sheet back four), plus his pace, Eboue lets Arsenal have the defense in depth Capello warned Milan about. Is his diving any more immature than Ronaldo, Gerrard, Drogba, etc.?

    I think in the second half of the season Eboue was trying to reform, and the fans wouldn’t let him, and the refs saw that. He gets yellow-carded out of proportion to his aggressiveness. If anything, he is not aggressive enough on offense. (He doesn’t cause fouls like a forward or midfielder — he fouls like a defender — rarely.) But watch as he takes it into the box — defenders do not close down on him as they do with Hleb — why is that? Do they not see what the fans all see either? As for being unable to cross the ball, the best cross done by an Arsenal player in the past two years was Eboue to Henry at Man U for the extra time winner.

    He may not make it. But he was tasked with learning a new position , not in the Championship, but in the Top Four. Show some respect for what Wenger asked him to take on. Finally, if I had to choose a part of midfield on which Arsenal was vulnerable to counter attack, or attack in general this year, it would have been the center or left, but definitely not the right.

    Flamini is like Diarra, true to character, and Arsenal are good to be rid of both. Diarra made himself a cancer at Chelsea — what a surprise he did it again at Arsenal. Flamini promised Marseilles he would stay, then jumped to the Arse. So he did it again? Duh!

  • Anonymous

    Really, all of you are off base on Eboue, in so many ways. When you ask “Why doesn’t Arsene see what we see?”, might you also ask “What does Arsene see that we refuse to see?”

    Attacking fullbacks need cover from midfield when they go forward. That’s one reason Eboue is better paired with Sagna than Theo or most others. As someone skilled in defense (remember he was part of the CL clean sheet back four), plus his pace, Eboue lets Arsenal have the defense in depth Capello warned Milan about. Is his diving any more immature than Ronaldo, Gerrard, Drogba, etc.?

    I think in the second half of the season Eboue was trying to reform, and the fans wouldn’t let him, and the refs saw that. He gets yellow-carded out of proportion to his aggressiveness. If anything, he is not aggressive enough on offense. (He doesn’t cause fouls like a forward or midfielder — he fouls like a defender — rarely.) But watch as he takes it into the box — defenders do not close down on him as they do with Hleb — why is that? Do they not see what the fans all see either? As for being unable to cross the ball, the best cross done by an Arsenal player in the past two years was Eboue to Henry at Man U for the extra time winner.

    He may not make it. But he was tasked with learning a new position , not in the Championship, but in the Top Four. Show some respect for what Wenger asked him to take on. Finally, if I had to choose a part of midfield on which Arsenal was vulnerable to counter attack, or attack in general this year, it would have been the center or left, but definitely not the right.

    Flamini is like Diarra, true to character, and Arsenal are good to be rid of both. Diarra made himself a cancer at Chelsea — what a surprise he did it again at Arsenal. Flamini promised Marseilles he would stay, then jumped to the Arse. So he did it again? Duh!