Ex-Arsenal Star Emmanuel Eboue Bailed and Cleared of Arson

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has been bailed and cleared of arson, but still faces an investigation for malicious communications after he was released on bail Monday.

Eboue, 35, was picked up by police in Enfield, North London on Saturday on charges of arson.

A Scotland yard spokesman said: “He has since been released with no further action in respect of the arson allegation.

“He has been bailed for further enquiries in relation to the other offences.”

Malicious communications is defined as “sending letters or other communications with intent to cause distress or anxiety”.

Friends of the ex-Arsenal defender are reportedly concerned for his mental and emotional safety, and there are concerns he may be unable to afford legal representation following a failed appeal against his divorce.

It emerged Eboue had been homeless after his divorce for a period last Christmas.

The former Ivory Coast international left Arsenal for Galatasaray on a £3million deal before joining Sunderland in 2016, though he did not represent the Black Cats on the pitch once.

In a recent TV interview he said: “All I want is to return to football once more. I still possess ability.

“I don’t have anyone by my side nowadays. I feel abandoned.

“I used to get on well with my children and my family, and now I am completely alone.”

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