By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes Emmanuel Eboue has his team-mates to thank for setting him on the road to recovery following last weekend's woes.

The Ivorian struggled on the left flank after replacing the injured Samir Nasri during Saturday's win over Wigan and Wenger's decision to substitute Eboue in stoppage time was cheered by some sections of the Emirates Stadium crowd.

The player was distraught but got a welcome lift in midweek when Arsenal's travelling support afforded him a standing ovation at the Porto game. Wenger acknowledged the fans' role in Eboue's 'rehabilitation' but praised his players for getting the 24-year-old back on track.

"The players have done the biggest part of the job because they supported him very well," said Wenger.

"We want to show that the best way to help him, the Club and the fans is to win our games. You always say that we care about the Club and the only way to show that is to do well for the Club.

"Certainly he has shown that he doesn’t bear any grudge and he wants to restore relations with the crowd and I find that fantastic. That doesn’t mean that internally he will not suffer."

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12 Dec 2008