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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Eboue set for Galatasaray switch

Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is close to leaving Arsenal after the club agreed a deal to sell the Ivorian to Turkish club Galatasaray for around £4 million.

Eboue has been a consistent performer for the Gunners since joining from Belgian club Beveren in 2005, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to have run out of patience with the 28 year old after he gave away a vital penalty which lead to Arsenal conceding two late goals and dropping two valuable points from a winning position.

Wenger is still in the market for defensive back up after a series of errors at the back last year, with those who get free bets backing Everton’s Phil Jagielka to arrive at the Emirates despite Arsenal having a £10 million bid for the England international turned down last week.

Eboue is not on Arsenal’s tour of east Asia, with a calf injury cited as the reason for his absence, although talks between the player’s agent and Galatasaray are expected to get underway this week.

Also on his way out of the Emirates is Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who is on the verge of completing a £1 million switch to Championship side Ipswich, while Wenger is still hopeful of shipping out Danish international Nicklas Bendtner and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia as the Arsenal boss goes in search of raising funds to bring in players that will help end the club’s current six year trophy-less run.

Neither Almunia or Bendtner were on the Gunner’s trip to Germany last week or are they currently in Asia as Bendtner discusses terms with Borrusia Dortmund while Almunia has attracted interest from Atletico Madrid, Malaga and Fenerbahce.

Gael Clichy has already departed for Manchester City in a £7 million move, while Denilson has been farmed out on loan to Brazilian side Sao Paulo, while Ivorian striker Gervinho arrived from Lille earlier this month.

Those who bet with paypal believe Arsenal will struggle to break their trophy-less duck this season, especially with the danger of losing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas threatening becoming a reality.

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