Sunderland Signs Former Arsenal Defender Emmanuel Eboue

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Sunderland have confirmed and completed the signing of former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has been without a club since being relased from Turkey side Galatasaray last summer, starts training with Sunderland in February.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has already confirmed that his club had offered the Ivory Coast international a short-term deal and today it has now been completed.

The former Arsenal defender will now compete with DeAndre Yedlin and Billy Jones for the right-back position. He will make his debut in the Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United on March 20.

Sunderland, which currently in 17th place in the Premier League, is just one point above the relegation zone with nine matches of the season remaining.

Eboué debuted for Ivory Coast national team Côte d’Ivoire in 2004. He scored his first goal for Côte d’Ivoire in a 2–2 draw against Germany, Eboue has named in Sven Goran Eriksson’s Côte d’Ivoire squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The 32-year-old Eboue has almost 80 international caps and has represented his country at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Eboue joined the English club Arsenal back in 2005 and was part of the team that reached the Champions League final a year later.

However, Eboue failed to win any silverware during his time at Arsenal. In addition, Eboue also reached two League Cup finals with the Gunners .

Sunderland fans will be happy to see the Ivory Coast international in their club. Sunderland hopes that the addition of Eboue will help in the Premier League this season, with Sam Allardyce’s side currently floating just one point above the relegation zone in 17th position.

With the club’s match against Everton postponed due to the Toffees’ FA Cup commitments, the club next game and Eboue possible debut will be against Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle on Sunday 20 March.

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