Sunderland sign former Arsenal defender

Sunderland have completed the signing of defender Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal, the club announced on their website.

The former Ivory Coast full-back will remain with the Black Cats until the end of the 2015-2016 Premier League season, having impressed following his arrival on Wearside a number of weeks ago.

After starting his career in his homeland, Eboue moved to Belgium with Beveren before moving to England and signing for Arsenal in 2004.

Eboue was part of the Gunners’ side which made it to the UEFA Champions League Final in 2006, spending eight seasons in North London before joining Turkish giants Galatasaray.

During his time at the Türk Telekom Arena he won three Super Lig titles and five domestic trophies, gaining further experience in the UEFA Champions League during his four years in Istanbul.

Eboue, who initially arrived at the club on trial, has already featured for the under-21s and will add valuable experience to a Black Cats’ squad that is currently ranked 17th in the table with 25 points, just one point above the relegation zone.

“When I came here for the first time it felt like I’d been here already so I’m very happy to sign for the club,” said Eboue. “I was dreaming about it [returning to the Premier League] and thinking about it when I was in Turkey because I played here before, so I thank god, my new team-mates and also the staff and everybody else who took me in like a son.

“I’ve trained with the team for almost one month and, as I said, from my first day I’ve felt very good; I’ve also known the club for a long time and I know Jermain [Defoe], John [O’Shea] and Catts, as well as the French players, so it is like a family here.”

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