Arsene Wenger was forced to humiliate Emmanuel Eboue in perhaps the harshest way possible on Saturday, as the Frenchman decided to sub the sub after it became obvious the the number 27 was having a nightmare on the pitch for the Gunners.
For a while now Eboue has been labelled as a weak link in the Arsenal side, and his reputation nosedived even further against Wigan as the full-back turned right-winger failed to get his game going after being introduced to replace the injured Samir Nasri. Yet, in a sad indictment on the Gunners faithful, the home crowd booed and jeered Eboue as he exited the field with his head in his hands after a poor performance.
So hurtful was the situation, that Emmanuel Adebayor accompanied Eboue off the pitch, trying to comfort the player as the boos were ringing all around him.
After the match, Wenger explained “I felt he had completely lost confidence, he couldn’t keep the ball any more, and then he became a danger. It is very sad but I think the most important thing is that the team wins the game. The crowd was very hard with him but that was not the most important thing in theÂ game. He’s a sensitive boy and he cares about the club. When you have the crowd on your back it isÂ difficult. It was three minutes to go and we started to lose balls in the middle of the park. And why not (take him off)? I want to show nothing.”
See the moment where Eboue was substituted and the boos started echoing around the Emirates here.