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Former Arsenal Defender Emmanuel Eboue Arrested

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Former Arsenal Defender Emmanuel Eboue Arrested

Huge news has emerged today that former Arsenal defender has been arrested on suspicion of arson and malicious communications.

The story was broke by The Mirror's Darren Lewis, who reports that friends of the former Ivory Coast international are worried about his mental state.

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Metropolitan police issued the following statement on the matter:

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"Police investigating an alleged arson at a residential address in Enfield on Saturday, 30 June, arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of arson and malicious communications outside the address at around 17:00hrs on Saturday, 7 July.

"He was taken to a north London police station where he currently remains."

Eboue made 214 appearances across seven years for Arsenal before moving to Galatasaray. He then returned to the Premier League with Sunderland in 2016 but did not play a single game for the club due to being given a one-year ban for not paying a former agent who represented him.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

He's had some tough and troubling times since then. In December, Eboue spoke of how divorce from his former partner Auriele had left him broke and unable to see his three kids and being so strapped for cash that he was living on a friend's couch, he couldn't afford a washing machine and was avoiding bailiffs.

Moreover, he also talked about how embarrassed he was to have to go to the pub to watch Arsenal games and feared being spotted by fans, while also making the worrying but honest admission that he'd had suicidal thoughts because of a chain of traumatic events.

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Things looked up for him when he played for Arsenal legends at the Bernabeu last month but sadly it seems Eboue is still struggling and in a very difficult place.

We hope he gets the help he so desperately needs.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Sunderland, Premier League, ivory coast, Arsenal

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