Like so many Gooners, I was furious with Manu Eboue when he gave that headless chicken account of himself against Wigan a few weeks ago.
I was delighted when he was withdrawn and hoped Arsène Wenger realised that in Eboue he has a player who simply does not fit the Arsenal mould.
Play-acting, cheating, moaning, unable to make simple five yard passes, Eboue is so limited in his positive contribution that he is almost a spare part in the Arsenal machine.
Eboue did an interview on Saturday with The Guardian, and I felt sorry for him and also proud at how his team-mates stuck up for him.
After the Wigan game, he describes how depairing he felt: "I went straight home and when I got there, I didn't even want to speak with my wife. I went straight to my bedroom and I closed the door. After some hours like that, I came down to eat but then I went back up to sleep because I was very, very disappointed. The next day, I didn't want to go back to the training ground.
"But my friends, Kolo Touré, Adebayor and Song, they came to my house. They had tried to call but my phone was off and so they came straight over. They came to me, they helped me. They had me laughing and from there, I was happy when the other players called me. I say 'thank you' to my friends at Arsenal. I will never forget that."
And how does Eboue repay them? By getting himself sent off needlessly. The sad fact is that yesterday's red card was so predictable.
The Arsenal PR machine are not stupid – the absence of a statement from the Ivorian may well have been the final nail in the coffin for most Gooners.
The statement is in some ways laughable. Eboue apologises, then says that we HAVE to win before admitting that the team did well with 10 men...no thanks to him.
But the next part of the statement makes for even curiouser reading.
Eboue then criticises referee Mike Dean for sending him off.
Now, I’m no fan of Mike Dean and his decision to rule out Eboue’s ‘goal’ yesterday was shocking, but really, he had no choice.
Eboue talks, we know that, and whatever the rights or wrongs of the first booking, his second was plain madness.
Remember David Beckham against Argentina at World Cup ’98? It was exactly the same sort of retaliatory kick and worthy, in some people’s eyes, of a red card on it’s own.
People know Eboue is volatile, he had already been booked and is a target for those who want to wind us up. And it’s a totally legitimate tactic for inferior opposition like T*tt*nh*m.
I’m proud of how the team played after Eboue’s dismissal. A world class save from Manuel Almunia might have saved us, but we showed some fighting spirit – the sort of bottle Wenger sides are being lambasted for lacking.
Sadly, Manu Eboue is lacking in talent, attitude and sporting acumen, and I hope Wenger now realises for good that a reserve right-back is all the Ivorian is good for.