"With football you canâ€™t play in the same team all your life," Eboue told arsenal.com. "For me, I am very disappointed because they are my friends and theyâ€™re gone but thatâ€™s football.
The 26-year-old is now hoping Arsenal can push on with the wealth of talent the squad still boasts.
"Thomas Vermaelen is a very, very good defender. He is very, very strong and I think him and William Gallas have a good partnership."