By Nick Teale

Emmanuel Eboue is not letting himself dwell on the departure of his two friends, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor.

The African duo left for Manchester City in the summer leaving the Ivory Coast international at Emirates Stadium. But the midfielder has accepted their transfer, improved his personal form and moved on.

"With football you can’t play in the same team all your life," said Eboue. "For me, I am very disappointed because they are my friends and they’re gone but that’s football.

The 26-year-old is now hoping Arsenal can push on with the wealth of talent the squad still boasts.

"We have Eduardo, Andrey Arshavin, Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott, so I think we will try our best to do well with these players.

"Thomas Vermaelen is a very, very good defender. He is very, very strong and I think him and William Gallas have a good partnership."

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28 Aug 2009