Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue says he is determined to win over the fans who turned on him during the Premier League club's last home match.
Eboue, 25, will be back in front of the Emirates Stadium crowd this weekend for the first time since being jeered off after an error-filled performance in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Wigan on 6 December. The Ivorian right-back featured in Arsenal's away match at Porto after that chastening experience but Sunday's clash against Liverpool represents a chance for redemption.
"I do not know why the fans did not back me, but that is football and you cannot do anything about it," Eboue told Arsenal TV Online. "They pay money to watch Arsenal to win. Then when we do not play well, not give our best performances on the pitch, they are very angry.
"I try to forget that now. I was disappointed, but I am happy now. After the game, my friends gave me a ring and helped me a lot. The next day in training, I saw the boss and he gave me confidence.
"I do not blame the fans and I hope they will all come out to support us on Sunday, when we will try to do our best and try to win the game for them. At the moment I am not at my best but I try to give more and do my best when the boss puts me on the pitch.
"If I continue to work hard in training, then I am confident I can get to my best."