Buckingham Palace visit inspired Arsenal cult hero Emmanuel Eboue to quit football and tend to Queen Elizabeth II’s corgis

The Queen and Emmanuel Eboué. Be honest, these are two nouns you didn’t expect to see in the same sentence.

But, believe it or not, the two had an incredible interaction when they met at Buckingham Palace in 2007.

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Eboue was reportedly one of the funniest members of the Arsenal dressing room during his time at the club

The Gunners visited Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and have afternoon tea

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The Gunners visited Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and have afternoon tea

So, with many Brits thanking Queen Liz’s Platinum Jubilee for giving them two extra days off, talkSPORT relives the moment the former Arsenal defender was asked if he could retire as a footballer so he can keep the royal corgis.

Yes, it really happened.

Eboue told The Telegraph in 2016: “We went there and Thierry Henry said to me, ‘Please Emmanuel, this is Buckingham Palace, this is the Queen’s house, don’t do anything.

“’No problem,’ I said. ‘Do not worry.’ Then the queen came in and continued shaking hands with each player.

“After she was done, I saw all her corgis, so I said, ‘Ma’am, Ma’am.

“She turned around and asked, ‘How are you?’ and I said, ‘Madam, I’m fine, thank you, but please, I don’t want to be a footballer anymore.’

The royal corgis were pictured running when the New Zealand rugby league team visited the palace

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The royal corgis were pictured running when the New Zealand rugby league team visited the palace


“’I want to take care of your dogs. I want to walk them, wash them, feed them. I want to be a dog sitter.’

“The Queen, honestly, she was laughing. Prince Philip laughed too. The whole team was laughing.

It’s still unclear if Eboue was joking, but there have been many of his ex-teammates who remember him being the dressing room jester during his time at the Gunners.

The former Arsenal man stuck with 'Eboue 27' rather than trying to have 'K 9' on the back of his shirt after his corgi request…

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The former Arsenal man stuck with ‘Eboue 27’ rather than trying to have ‘K 9’ on the back of his shirt after his corgi request…

Sadly, his apparent obsession with the Queen and her beloved corgis never led to a job with the monarchy for the Ivorian.

Instead, he made 214 appearances for the north Londoners, before moving to Turkish side Galatasaray.

But, rather than ending his playing career at Sunderland, a move to Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace or Reading Royals might have been more appropriate.

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