Emmanuel Eboue who played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2011, was arrested on Saturday by Metropolitan Police regarding an allegation of arson in Enfield.
A statement published by the Metropolitan police read: ‘Police investigating an alleged arson at a residential address in Enfield on Saturday, 30 June, arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of arson and malicious communications outside the address at around 17:00hrs on Saturday, 7 July.
‘He was taken to a north London police station where he currently remains.’
Eboue has been out of professional football for two years, although he played in an Arsenal Legends game last month.
He told French TV in February that he was desperate to get back into the game and also opened up about loneliness amid strained family relationships.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “He has since been released with no further action in respect of the arson allegation. He has been bailed for further enquiries in relation to the other offences.”
Speaking to Canal, he said: ‘All I want is to return to football once more. I still possess ability.
‘I would even go to places like Baghdad or Pakistan just to play football. I don’t care where.
‘I live with my bags already packed, as there is a chance I could be kicked out of my house.
‘I don’t have anyone by my side nowadays. I feel abandoned. I used to get on well with my children and my family, and now I am completely alone.’