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Eboue handed quick return
10 Dec 2008 - 08:41:55
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has handed his full backing to midfielder Emmanuel Eboue, who was booed by some of the Gunners' fans during the 1-0 weekend win over Wigan.
The 25-year-old was substituted late on in the game against the Latics, having only come on as a first-half replacement for Samir Nasri.
However, Wenger is confident that Eboue will soon recover from his ordeal and has confirmed that the versatile Ivory Coast international will feature in the Champions League clash with FC Porto.
He said: "Emmanuel Eboue will start. He is completely in the right frame of mind.
"Of course he was disappointed for a few days, but football is magic because you have the next game and in that you have the opportunity to show how good you are.
"You can understand everything when you are in football. However, you want your fans to be behind the team for 90 minutes.
"After the game, everyone is entitled to have an opinion. We accept any opinion at the club and are open to everyone's opinion.
"But no matter what happens, you still want your fans to be behind the team during the 90 minutes.
"I believe they have been swayed by the scepticism from the media which has affected their belief, which can have consequences on the team.
"I believe that they are lucky to have an extremely young team with a magnificent talent who can do extremely well. These players want to do well, they have the potential to do well."