Gunners pounce for African

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Beveren defender Emmanuel Eboue.

The 21-year-old trained with Arsenal in the summer along with team-mate Marco Ne and he impressed coach Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners did not press home with their interest initially, but possible interest from Chelsea has seemingly prompted Wenger to swoop.

Eboue is a versatile defender and a full Ivory Coast international and has been signed presumably in preference to Ajax's Hatem Trabelsi - who looks to have blown his chances of a move to Highbury, after failing to agree terms in the summer.

Arsenal always had first refusal on Eboue, due to their co-operation deal with Beveren and they have now sealed the deal.

Eboue penned a four-and-a-half year deal with Arsenal in London last week and he will join his new team-mates when the transfer window opens in January.

"After the winter break Beveren will not be able to count on Emmanuel Eboue anymore. Last Friday the defender signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Arsenal," said a Beveren statement.

Wenger confirmed that Eboue will be arriving in North London when the window reopens in the New Year.

He said: "He will certainly join us in January.

"He's a multi-functional player. He normally plays centre back but he can play right back or midfield. He has a chance to play."