Former Arsenal star used to dance naked in dressing room and wore tiger costume to scare team-mates –

A FORMER Arsenal star used to dance naked in front of team-mates while he was at the club.

The fan favourite also dressed up as a tiger in order to scare people at a team-mate’s party.


The defender enjoyed a seven-year spell with ArsenalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Emmanuel Eboue was a cult hero due to his antics at Arsenal


Emmanuel Eboue was a cult hero due to his antics at ArsenalCredit: AFP

The defender’s antics made him a hero among the Arsenal faithful during his seven-year spell with the club.

And he is, of course, the one and only Emmanuel Eboue.

The Ivorian was known to be a prankster among the Gunners‘ squad.

This included dancing nude in the team’s changing room, according to Andrey Arshavin.

Eboue made 132 appearances for the club in the Premier League, scoring four goals.

He played with many of the club’s stars, including Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Gilberto Silva.

He once turned up at the latter’s party dressed up as a tiger in order to scare the guests.

He was not loved by all of the club’s supporters as his defending at times could be questionable.

But many were very vocal of their support for him as they chanted: “You’ve only come to see Eboue”.


The right-back continued his antics on the international stage as well.

In one game for the Ivory Coast, Eboue pretended to understand Korean while the team’s manager gave instructions to his player.

Eboue could be seen nodding along, despite not speaking a word of the language.

In an interview with The Telegraph, he tried to explain what was going on.

He said: “That time, I honestly don’t know what was going on in my head at the time.

“But people aren’t going to forget about it.

“When their coach called his captain over, I went close to him, nodded and said, ‘OK, no problem, I understand, yeah?’

“He said to me, ‘You speak Korean?’ I said, ‘No, but I understand a little bit’ and he was laughing.

Eboue was often joking around in his playing career


Eboue was often joking around in his playing careerCredit: AP:Associated Press

“It was funny, it was our last game so we were at the airport the next day with the Korean players and one of them came over to me and said, ‘Eboue, you speak my language?’ I said, ‘Yeah’.

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“So he says, ‘OK, how do you say ‘good morning’ in Korean?

“So I shout, ‘Yang!!!’ and he literally fell on the floor laughing.”

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