Emmanuel Eboue can't afford to watch games at home

Emmanuel Eboue can't afford to watch games at home

- Emmanuel Eboue cannot afford Sky Sports subscription to watch Premier League games

- The footballer has to lie to disguise himself whenever he is going to watch Arsenal play in a pub

- Galatasary have offered the footballer a job as a coach with their U-14 feeder team

Emmanuel Eboue says he can no longer watch Arsenal play in his house as he cannot afford subscription to channels showing football.

The former Arsenal man revealed to the Mirror that he has to go in disguise to a local pub to watch his former team in action.

The Ivorian is currently broke after a bitter divorce battle with wife Aurelie stripped him of all of his assets.

Speaking on the last time he watched Arsenal play against Everton last March, the former defender said he had to hide his face to avoid being spotted in his local pub in Enfield.

Emmanuel Eboue can't afford to watch games at home
Emmanuel Eboue was a star and 2006 Champions League finalist at Arsenal. Photo: The Mirror UK

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“I covered my face and I went there.” he said. “I was surrounded by Arsenal fans but they didn’t know it was me.

“I sat, I took a beer and I watched the game. But I kept my hood over my head and I hardly raised it because I knew that the Arsenal fans would recognise me.

“I would have felt embarrassed. I had never been in a pub to watch a game. It used to be in my house. Or maybe in a friend’s house.

“It was the life I had before compared to now. Normally the fans see me on the pitch. If I’d already said that I’d retired then yes, okay. I wouldn’t mind if they saw me in the pub.

“But some fans still think Eboue is still playing. Somewhere. So if they see me they maybe would be shocked.”

These days Eboue trains alone in a park near the Enfield home he is set to be forced out of.

Emmanuel Eboue can't afford to watch games at home
Emmanuel Eboue has to disguise himself when going out to avoid being recognized by fans. Photo: The Mirror UK

“One day I was training in the park at night.” he said. “I saw one boy training alone. I put my cones down and I was training.

“He saw that my training was hard and he came and talked to me. But he didn’t recognise me. He asked: “Excuse me. How do you know all this?”

“I didn’t tell him that I used to be a professional player. I could not.”

Eboue also revealed that avoids the area of north London around the Emirates in case he is spotted by supporters as this would cause him disappointment.

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“I am not the kind of person that likes to hide.” he said. “But now I have to hide because my situation is very, very difficult.

“People know me. I played for Arsenal for many, many years. Before I was high on the third floor. Now I am on the ground floor. I can see that I am going down.

“People have in their heads an image of Emmanuel Eboue.” he said. “The name. I know that people respected me.

“So when they see me on the bus I have to lie to them to say: ‘No, no, no, it is not me.’ Yes, I have to lie.

“They said: ‘You look like Eboue’. But I feel ashamed. I feel embarrassed.”

The former Arsenal ace has been offered a job at former club Galatasary to become part of the coaching staff of one of their youth teams.

Eboue has revealed the plight of Prince Harry and his footballer friend Steve Gohouri who killed himself inspire him to fight his ongoing battle with depression.

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