Sunderland have today completed the signing of former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
The 32-year-old full-back has impressed the Black Cats while on trial over the last month enough to earn himself a contract. He had been without a club since being released by Turkish side Galatasaray last summer but now returns to the Premier League, where he made 132 appearances for Arsenal between 2004 and 2011.
“I was dreaming about it [returning to the Premier League] and thinking about it when I was in Turkey because I played here before, so I thank god, my new team-mates and also the staff and everybody else who took me in like a son,” Eboue told Sunderland’s official website after completing the move.Embed from Getty Images
“It was very hard for me to find a club. I also thank the manager [Sam Allardyce] who has given me a second chance, so I hope I can give my best for the club and also for him.”
The former Ivory Coast defender, who made 79 international appearances between 2004 and 2013, will look to make the right-back spot his own but faces competition from current options DeAndre Yedlin, Billy Jones and Adam Matthews.
Eboue feels that the experience in the Sunderland squad will improve their chance of Premier League survival and is ready to fight to keep the club in the top flight.
“In this team we have some experienced players like Catts, Wes [Brown] and the captain John [O’Shea], so now, with me and others like Jermain [Defoe], we have a good team and a good squad but we have to play hard,” he told safc.com.Embed from Getty Images
“It is going to be difficult as we’re at the bottom so we will fight hard to move up the table. I don’t want to see the club get relegated so now I must try my best with my teammates to keep the club in the Premier League.”
Sunderland currently sit 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone, with nine games to go. Eboue could make his Sunderland debut in the Black Cats’ next game against fierce rivals Newcastle at St James’ Park.
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