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Wenger says Eboue will bounce back

Arsenal and Ivory Coast midfielder Emmanuel Eboue
Eboue produced an error-strewn performance against Wigan

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects Emmanuel Eboue to come back stronger after his spectacular self-destruction against Wigan on Saturday.

Eboue came on for Samir Nasri half-an-hour into the 1-0 English Premier League win over Steve Bruce's men at the Emirates Stadium.

The Ivory Coast international was then taken off following a raft of errors, including one moment of madness where he tackled team-mate Kolo Toure and passed to the opposition.

The 25-year-old was cheered off ironically by home fans - who have since been criticised in phone-ins and Arsenal forums for turning against their own player.

"I think he will come back and show how good a player he is," Wenger said.

"The same fans will applaud him when he does well."

Eboue may yet have an opportunity for redemption in Arsenal's midweek Champions' League away match against Porto.

Meanwhile Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has pleaded with fans not to turn on Emmanuel Eboue as his Ivory Coast compatriot returns from injury.

"He came on after six weeks out injured and that was his first game," he said.

I think he will come back and show how good a player he is.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

"The fans gave him a hard time and that is not usual at Arsenal.

"He has all our support because we know he is a great player. He tries his best for the team even if he is not 100% ready.

"I was surprised because normally our fans are nice always. I think the tension was really high and that is why they were hard.

Toure, who refers to Eboue as his 'little brother', added: "I just want to tell them that he is a great lad, he loves the club and wants to do his best for the club.

"We hope that next time they will help him to come back. That is the only way to behave.

"In the end we had three points and that is good. He will have a chat with the boss and I think he will come back."

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