Emmanuel Eboue has the “200 per cent” support of Bacary Sagna ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.
Sagna is suspended for the first leg following his red card in the dying stages of the 3-1 win over Partizan Belgrade in December meaning Eboue will start at right back against the Catalan giants.
Naturally, Sagna is disappointed to miss out but he is backing his team-mate to shine against the potent attacking force Barcelona has to offer.
“I will support him 200 per cent!” said the Frenchman. “He is a fantastic guy and great player, so he deserves to play in this kind of game as well.
“We showed last year that we can play as well as they can. We drew the home game, and then scored first in the away leg.
“So we know we will have chances - we’ll have to take them.”
After the eagerly-anticipated game at Emirates Stadium, Arsène Wenger’s side face three games in seven days culminating in the Carling Cup Final on February 27.
Sagna knows he and his team-mates will have sustain their high level throughout a demanding schedule.
“The key is making sure you get plenty of rest,” he added. “You have to be well rested so that you can perform to your best level.
“We don’t really have time to think about what’s coming up, because the next game is always really soon.
“We need all the players at this time, and so everyone is really involved and that helps the team spirit. That’s a big difference from last year.”
This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Feb 2011