By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has praised the early-season contribution of Emmanuel Eboue - especially his final pass.

The Ivorian midfielder has featured in every game so far, either on the right or as cover in the centre. His manager believes the unsung 25-year-old was one of few players who held his own at Fulham and his overall contribution is getting better.

“Since the start of the season, Eboue has played well,” said Wenger. “He had two good games in central midfield. At Fulham, he was one of the players who was not disappointing and he had a good performance against Newcastle as well.

“He's a football player. Sometimes I play him, sometimes Walcott, sometimes Nasri [out wide].

“There was a little bit of frustration from the fans because they thought that he didn't always have enough end-product, but he has improved a lot in that respect. He has put over good final balls since the start of the season.”

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2 Sep 2008