Emmanuel Eboué was cleared of arson after spending the night in a cell last weekend.
But the former Arsenal right-back remains under investigation for malicious communications, yet another twist in the Ivory Coast defender’s riches to rags story.
Eboué’s sad decline is a far cry away from 2004, when the hot prospect signed for the Gunners from Belgian feeder side Beveren.
The £1.5m deal saw the then 21-year-old link up with compatriot Kolo Touré at Highbury, having impressed former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“He’s a multi-functional player,” said Wenger.
“He normally plays centre-back, but he can play right-back or midfield.”
Devout Christian Eboué enjoyed a comfortable spell in North London and despite spells of mediocre performances, became a cult hero among Gunners fans who loved his ebullient personality, with one terrace anthem singing: “You’ve only come to see Eboué”.
On an Arsenal team visit to Buckingham Palace, the joker even said to Her Majesty the Queen: “Please, I don’t want to be a footballer anymore, I want to look after your dogs.
“I want to take them for walks, wash them, feed them. I want to be a dog carer.”
But at the start of the 2011-12 season, the Ivorian lost his Arsenal squad number to new arrival Gervinho, leaving his future at the Gunners unclear.
Eboué revealed Wenger told him that first-team opportunities would be limited in a side which boasted Bacary Sagna, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, so when Turkish outfit Galatasaray came calling he jumped, completing a £3m move.
This transfer marked the start of his unravelling.
Though he won the first league title of his career that season he did not enjoy the hero status to which he was accustomed in England.
A match against Besiktas saw the crowd pelt missiles at him, hurling objects whenever he came within ten feet of the touchline.
When fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba joined him in Turkey the next season, the pair were subjected to racial abuse from Fenerbahce fans – but the club and its supporters escaped without punishment.
Come 2014, Eboué was omitted from the main squad, forcing him to train with Gala’s under-21 side for the whole season before being released.
Sunderland duly snapped him up on March 9, but just three weeks later he was slapped with a one-year ban from football over his refusal to pay a £1m debt to former agent Sébastien Boisseau over fees accrued during his Galatasaray transfer, a fine which lost him his Sunderland contract and nearly drove him to suicide .
“One day I wanted to kill myself,” he told The Telegraph at the end of that year.
“There are a lot of days when I don’t feel like getting out of bed.
“My family keep me strong, it’s them that I have to think about but if I was alone, I worry about what I’d have done to myself by now.
“There are times when I stay in my bedroom and don’t come out. One, two days in that room. Alone. I lock the door and am just thinking.
“The people who know me, when they see my face, they can tell I’m not happy.
“This is the lowest I’ve been in my career, it’s a bad time.”
While Eboué was dealing with his football exile, personal tragedy struck: his grandfather and brother died in the same month, plunging him into a deeper depression.
He admitted it took a toll on his Belgian wife, Aurélie, the mother of their three children.
“Aurélie is very supportive,” he said. “It’s not easy for her. I’ve been hard to live with.”
After the 2016 ban, Eboué made a foray back into football, agreeing terms with Turkish Cypriot team Türk Ocağı Limasol in October last year.
But abnormal blood values scuppered the move and Eboué was forced to dismiss rumours he had contracted the HIV virus.
By December, he was homeless, his wife having divorced him and taken control of their finances after winning all their assets in the split.
“I can’t afford the money to continue,” he told the Mirror .
“I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come.
“Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.
“It is hard, very, very hard.
“The money I earned, I sent it to my wife for our children. In Turkey I earned eight million euros. I sent seven million back home.
“Whatever she tells me to sign, I sign.”
When Fatih Terim, the Galatasaray manager now, was made aware of Eboué’s plight, he offered him a job coaching their under-14 team.
But now, after the latest incident in Enfield, it seems his demons have won again – despite appearing in the Arsenal Legends side that played at the Bernabeu last month.
His loved ones are said to be worried about his mental and emotional state, but during the 2016 ban his so-called friends were not interested.
When Kolo Touré, his former Arsenal and Ivory Coast teammate, was punished for failing a drugs test in 2011 , Eboué phoned him regularly in support.
But when the tables turned, Eboué’s phone remained silent.
“I know they know my problem, but I hope one day they will call me,” he said.
“Of course it’s disappointing. I thought the friendship was stronger.
“You have to be friends in difficult times. But that’s life. I take it in a good way.”
We hope he gets the help he needs.
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