Former Arsenal and Ivorian defender Emmanuel Eboue has admitted he is desperate to return to the football pitch following the revelation of his heartbreaking personal struggles.
The Gunners’ cult hero previously revealed he had seriously considered taking his own life after financial mismanagement had left him penniless, with a bitter divorce meaning he has been estranged from his three children since the summer.
Eboue has now opened up about his recent downward spiral, insisting he wants to play football again as he feels ‘abandoned’ and ‘completely alone’.
Although Turkish side Galatasaray initially indicated an interest in giving him a coaching job in the club’s junior team, it is apparent that that promise is yet to be fulfilled.
The free agent told French TV show Canal: ‘All I want is to return to football once more. I still possess ability.
‘I would even go to places like Baghdad or Pakistan just to play football. I don’t care where.
‘I live with my bags already packed, as there is a chance I could be kicked out of my house.
‘I don’t have anyone by my side nowadays. I feel abandoned. I used to get on well with my children and my family, and now I am completely alone.’
At the height of his career at the Emirates he took home a seven-digit sum every year during his time in North London, earning a further £1.5 million annually playing for Turkish giants Galatasaray.
However, with his former wife Aurelie being awarded of all the couple’s assets, he has been forced to dodge police and bailiffs following a court order – insisting he hand over his home in Enfield to her.
Heartbreakingly, Eboue has been unable to visit his kids since the estrangement from Aurelie back in June last year.
The 34-year-old, who once played in a Champions League final for Arsenal against Barcelona in 2006, has been hit hard with misfortune. Only recently report went viral that he had committed suicide at his sister’s place in London, a report that was later discredited.
Some of his fans who read the initial death story and then the ture position thanked God that he didn’t end his life that way.
Some prayed for him in the hope that either Galatasaray or Arsenal will remedy his situation.
However those still angered by the legal battle with his wife that led to loss of everything, believe he can still head back to court if he is lucky to get a job and earn some money, accusing the wife of reaping where she did not sow
Eboue who began his football career with Asec Mimosa of Cote d Ivoire, played for Belgian club K.S.K. Beveren, making 70 appearances and scoring four goals for the side before moving ahead to play for Arsenal and Galatasaray respectively making 132 and 77 appearances for the clubs respectively.