Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Eboue talked about his son, who chose to play for Arsenal’s youth academy team, instead of that of Chelsea’s
The 34-year-old former Gunner says that Wenger has already praised his son by comparing the midfielder’s playing style to the Brazilian once known as ‘The Invisible Wall’, Gilberto Silva.
“[Mathis] plays for Arsenal, I think he signed last year. I’m happy, happy to see him play and enjoy football. And also, because he likes Arsenal. Because he had two choices, Chelsea and Arsenal,” Eboue told GOAL.
“I didn’t tell him anything, I said: ‘Mathis it’s up to you. It doesn’t matter where, I want you to be happy’. And he said to me: ‘Daddy I want to play for Arsenal. I like Arsenal and you used to play here too, the people they love you, so I want to play here’.”
“I said, ‘okay no problem’. So, he’s there now, he is happy. And I wish him the best. Firstly, it’s about education and school, then, after, football. But he’s happy, really happy,” the former Arsenal man added.
When asked about whether he told Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger about his son, Eboue replied: “I haven’t spoken to him [Wenger] about my son, but he knows. He knows about Mathis. I heard that he said to the academy manager, talking about Mathis, that the way he plays is like Gilberto Silva. So, I’m happy, very happy.”
“This boy, he said: ‘Daddy you will see, I’ll be better than you’. And I told him that I wish that. I hope that he will be better than me. But I’m very happy when I watch him play. He’s a fighter and he is very fast also. So, I’m happy to see him play and I think he is also very happy to be playing [too],” Eboue concluded.