It’s been a bad news day for a couple of former Gunners, who could well find themselves without a club sooner rather than later.
Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboue have had little success since leaving the Emirates, although the latter did have a decent spell with Galatasaray before plummeting out of favour.
He was given a chance at Premier League redemption with Sunderland, who signed him until the end of the season back on March 9th. Today, however, he was handed a one year ban by FIFA for failing to make payments to a former agent and refusing to pay a fine that had been imposed upon him.
That led Sunderland to releasing a statement today which read, “Sunderland AFC has been advised by the Football Association that Emmanuel Eboué has been placed under an immediate suspension from football and all football-related activity for a period of one year, by Fifa.
“The suspension relates to a monetary dispute which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player. Eboué signed a contract with Sunderland AFC until the end of the current season and the club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract.
“The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision.”
The ban can be overturned if he makes the required payments, so the door isn’t fully closed it seems, but it remains to be seen if he’s willing to do that.
Meanwhile, The Greatest Striker That Ever Lived, Nicklas Bendnter, is out of favour at Wolfsburg, with the German club set to terminate his contract.
The Dane has been training alone for a number of weeks after some disciplinary issues, and today Wolfsburg’s Sporting Director Klaus Aloffs, said, “We have attempted to hold talks with his advisers and have discussed a solution. I think that there will be a decision soon.
“We have decided that he does not have to come in for now. The fact that he has been training on his own recently was not something we wanted to carry on.”
His Instagram game is still strong, which is something, but one might wonder if he’s as focused on football as he is on #sexgames.
There is some good news regarding the trio in the picture above. Andrei Arshavin has recently signed for FC Kairat in Kazakhstan on a one year deal.
He’s also set to star as Cato in a Russian language remake of the Pink Panther, which is bizarrely due to be directed by John Woo.