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lets hope we can remba him for what he was before he got decaputated by that thugtop top player if he had gone spai he would be up there with the best nowthanks for the memories eduardo :D personal highlight was goal on the outside of his boot volley im yet to see a better fniish
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Sick finish.. would like him to stay but I understand the decision i guess..

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Sad to see the way it's turned out for him, he looked like he'd go on to be a top top player.I remember watching him against Everton away I think it was and having a few touches and scoring with both.

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Yeah Everton was the night, when Nicklas Bendtner realised Eduardo was going to overtake him and Adebayor...

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Sad to him go

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Sad to him go
Truss always hoped it would work out for him but seems like it isn't soAll the best eddy
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He's not gone yet, his medical could still fail. :D

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"Eduardo will score more goals than Torres"You f*ck*ng Pillocks. (to those whom it may concern)/Goodbye Eduardo. Wenger ruined your career by playing you wide.

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Real shame...Never really recovered after his injury.Still think Arsenal should keep him, on his day hes a very very good striker. Just lacking confidence.

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Sick finisher. Reminds me alot of Fowler.
C/STypical old school striker scores goals
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He was NOTHING like FowlerAbout reminded you

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It's deep. Imagine if he didn't get that injury...

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LOL Goliath in that video lol just clocked.

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Beg the Europa mandem leave the threadthat is all

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Personal message from EduardoFollowing the confirmation of his transfer to Shakhtar Donetsk, Eduardo has spoken to Arsenal.com and asked if the following message could be passed on: "Before I start a new chapter in my career with Shakhtar Donetsk, I just wanted to send a message to all my friends at Arsenal. "The past few days have been very emotional for me. Although I am excited about the challenge ahead with my new club Shakhtar Donetsk, I am so sad to be leaving my home for the past three years - Arsenal Football Club. "Arsenal is a very special football club and I will miss so many people - my team mates, all the staff and of course, the wonderful Arsenal supporters. "I would just like to thank everyone for your support during my time at Arsenal. When I first came to England, I could not speak the language and knew nobody, but as soon as I arrived I was made to feel at home and part of this big family. Also, I want to say thank you to the Arsenal supporters - you have been fantastic to me and always sung my name and I will never forget this. "I had some very difficult times with my injury, but Arsenal was always there for me - the medical staff, the management, the players and the supporters. Thank you everybody. "Although I have now left the Club, Arsenal will always be in my heart. I will always look for the Arsenal results and of course, I wish Arsène Wenger and the great players at the Club well for next season and the future."
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Emotional.Best of luck Ed.
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goal, 45 yard strikeEDIT - PMSL at some of the comments in here, "way to go ed, good luck" like he's gunna be reading this,Ayo swiftie ya better fix a ukrainan language translator on here"
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Shakhtar Donetsk striker Eduardo has admitted he would prefer not to face former club Arsenal in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.Eduardo ended a three-year association with the Gunners last month when he made the move to Ukraine for a reported fee of £6million.He believes it is the right stage in his career to embark on a new challenge, having not been a regular starter at Emirates Stadium since his recovery from a broken leg.The Croatian is excited about once again playing in Europe's premier club competition but recognises that it would be a tough draw for Shakhtar against Arsenal."I think this is good for me because I need to play," he told Sky Sports News."I look forward to play in the Champions League. I don't want to play against Arsenal."Eduardo admits it was difficult to leave Arsenal after settling well into English life and forging a good relationship with the fans."Of course. I have been there for three years and the supporters like me and I liked the supporters," he said."Everyone at the club was great with me and I have a lot of friends there, but that is life."

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From all of the FC Shakhtar players Eduardo da Silva knows Arsenal like no other. We wondered what Shakhtar’s rival has to offer now- Eduardo, what do you think of the draw?- Seems very good to us! We have a good chance of getting into the knockout phase. And I think we are capable of doing it. Yes, Braga is a strong team, they knocked out Sevilla. Partizan now also has very good players. Of course, the main contender is Arsenal, but I think we can expect surprises from each of the teams in our group. Matches will be hot. But we will do our best to qualify for the next round.- To be honest, are you happy to be drawn along with Arsenal, or not?- (Laughs.) Well ... Now I'm a player of Shakhtar, and I have to show my best for the team. It's my job. I am a professional, I love football and I love scoring goals!- You have been watching the draw with Dario. He said that during your watching you received SMS from Fabregas ...- Yes, it's true, literally 2 seconds after the results became known! Dario did not even believe that at once. (Laughs.)- Is Fabregas pleased to play Shakhtar?- He was the captain of Arsenal and will fight for his team. He expected this game to be very tense and interesting. There are lots of Brazilians in their squad as well. Arsenal promotes the same football as Shakhtar does. So it will be an exciting match.- What do you think about the Shakhtar’s schedule?- It is ok! (Laughs.) FC Shakhtar Press Officehttp://shakhtar.com/en/news/14143

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In the first part of a rare and revealing interview, former Gunners favourite Eduardo recalls the highs and lows of three eventful seasons he spent at Arsenal.

 

Signed from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2007, for whom he scored 73 times in 108 appearances, Eduardo was quick to make an impact for his new club, finding the net in domestic and European competition.

 

But then in February the following year, what was shaping up to be a great season for both player and club was suddenly turned on its head when the forward suffered an injury that placed his career in the balance. A horrendous tackle from Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor left him with a broken fibula and a dislocated ankle.

 

At the time, Arsenal were top of the league, and in a rich vein of form, but the incident seemed to derail their season. Eduardo defied initial fears and eventually made a comeback, much to the delight of fans and team-mates alike, though his remaining time at the Club was not rewarded with a trophy. In the summer of 2010, he agreed a move to Ukrainian heavyweights Shakhtar Donetsk.

 

However, he was back at the Emirates within a few months, after his new club were drawn against Arsenal in the Champions League. With Shakhtar 3-0 down, Eduardo came off the bench to a standing ovation from the Arsenal supporters, scoring a late consolation goal, which was also cheered by the home support. Arsenal eventually ran out 5-1 winners.

 

In the reverse fixture Shakhtar restored some pride with a 2-1 victory, in which Eduardo scored the winner, though he refused to celebrate out of respect for his former club. As he tells Dan Brennan and Jefferson Rodrigues, that sense of respect and love for the Club remains with him today.

 

What are your best memories of Arsenal?

I have a lot of memories, but the first that comes to my mind is when I signed the contract. The first days at a club like Arsenal, the first match against Sparta Prague in the Champions League, when I scored my first goal with Arsenal. And of course the other big memory I have is my first match after I recovered from the ankle injury. It was a cup match against Cardiff City and I scored twice. The last memory I have is my return to Emirates Stadium with Shakhtar, when I scored a goal and Arsenal fans applauded me.

 

You mentioned a few of your goals - which was your all-time favourite?

I have three favourites, two of which I’ve already mentioned. First, the header I scored against Cardiff, which was my first goal after coming back from injury. Then there was a beautiful goal in the FA Cup - I don’t remember who it was against [burnley], but it was a bit like a beach volley goal. And then there was my first goal for the Club, against Sparta Prague.

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Who were you closest to at Arsenal? Did you spend much time with the Club’s other Brazilians?

When I arrived Gilberto was there. He was the one who gave me a lot of support and a big welcome. He didn’t just do that with me, he was the same with all the Brazilian players who arrived at Arsenal during his time there, like Denilson. And that made us close. I would say that Gilberto was the closest friend I had at the Club. After he left, I was closest to Denilson. But I was also very good friends with several of the other foreign guys - mostly the non-French speakers like Rosicky, Fabregas, Almunia and Van Persie.

 

What did you learn from Arsène Wenger?

I learned a lot. The most important thing was to be as professional as I could. He taught me that the Club is always bigger than any player. And that we have to respect the shirt. I can’t become selfish because I play in a big club and disrespect the players of a minor club. That was the biggest lesson he taught me. And another important thing that he showed me was that he treated every player equally - it didn’t matter whether you were a youngster or an international star.

 

How did you enjoy life in England? How did you spend your free time?

People who don’t know English football and the English lifestyle think all the players live in fancy apartments in central London. But that’s not true. The players tend to live far away from the centre and it was the same for me. My house was something like an hour and a half from central London, close to the training ground, so it wasn’t easy to enjoy the London lifestyle. Instead, I used to spend my free time with my family. I used my spare time to do things like take my daughter to school, to play with her, and spend a bit of time with my wife.

 

Obviously a big moment in your time at Arsenal was the broken leg, which at one point left your career in the balance. What do you remember about it now? How did you get through it? And were you ever concerned you wouldn’t play again?

I try not to remember about it actually. It was a tragedy for me and football. I really don’t like to talk about that incident, but the one thing I do remember is that when I arrived at the hospital the doctor who did the surgery came to me and told me to not worry, because I would recover and would play again. That made me strong, it gave me confidence... and it was true. Here I am, still playing.

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It must have been especially difficult as you had a young family?

It was hard for my daughter, who was just two years old, but also for my wife, family and friends. All of them played a very important part during my recovery. They were with me 24 hours a day, motivating me, giving me strength, supporting me. All of this helped me to make it back. And of course, knowing that my daughter depends on me made me fight harder to make my comeback. Because football is my life and it’s the only thing I can do, so I needed to recover. And now I’m back, still playing in the highest level, and that makes me proud.

 

The injury brought a huge outpouring of support for you from fans. Did that help you?

The fans are the reason we play and the reason we give everything we’ve got during a match. Just knowing that the fans were supporting me, sending me their best wishes and praying for me to recover was an unbelievable feeling. It gave me strength to continue my treatment and made me mentally stronger. It was a demonstration of pure affection.

 

At the time it happened Arsenal were top of the league, and enjoying a great run of form; but then came a slump, as if what happened to you affected the whole team and club...

I don’t know what happened. I think we were five points ahead of Manchester United, with a game in hand. But we drew five matches in a row, lost our rhythm and never got it back. I don’t know if my injury affected the team, but something definitely happened.

 

You were part of an Arsenal team that never quite fulfilled its potential. Do you have any regrets that you didn’t win anything with the Club?

Of course. I’ve missed out on winning a title with Arsenal. It’s a club that is used to winning things, and I was used to winning titles with Dinamo Zagreb. I’m the kind of player that always wants to win games and trophies. I spent three years with Arsenal, and I know that the Premier League is a tough, difficult league, but I think that if that team had stayed together for another two or three years we would have won a few trophies.

 

 

Do you feel we ever saw the best of you at Arsenal?

When I arrived in Arsenal in July, I spent three months adapting to the club and the country. So when October came, I was ready and I got my chance in the team. I was doing very well but then five months later I suffered that injury. I look back on those five or six months before my injury as one of the best periods of my career.

 

How do other countries you’ve played in compare to Premier League for physicality? Do you think, for example that type of injury could happen in Ukraine, Brazil or Croatia?

That sort of thing can happen to anyone. A few months after my injury, a player in Croatia had the same problem, but not a lot of people knew about it, because the Croatian League doesn’t have the profile of the Premier League.

 

Two seasons later you played in the game against Stoke when Aaron Ramsey suffered a similarly bad injury. Would you like to see this kind of career-threatening tackle punished more severely?

Of course. I think that the national associations, UEFA and FIFA should take a good look at that. They know what is best for football, but in England the approach of the referees can be a problem in my opinion. They let the game flow and don’t blow the whistle for every foul. It’s good for the fans and the game, but it can take the game to a dangerous place, because the fouls are harder and as a result there are more serious injuries.

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Were you able to offer Aaron any advice based on your own experience?

Of course. I was on the bench when he got injured. His injury wasn’t as complicated as mine, because it was his leg rather than his ankle. That’s why he managed to make his comeback sooner than me. But I remember going to see him and reassuring him that he would come back from it. I supported him and prayed for him to recover as fast as possible.

 

Does your injury affect you still when you are playing?

No. A lot of people didn’t expect me to come back to the highest level or to play again in the Champions League or for the Croatian national team. They thought I was going to come back and play for minor clubs in the second or third division. But I came back to play at the top level, and I’m delighted by the response I’ve had.

 

Another incident that marked your time at Arsenal was the dive against Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers? Were you surprised by the controversy that generated?

In England, the mentality is different. People are straight and 100% correct in the way they do things. So diving sounds like cheating and is offensive to them. In countries like Brazil, the referee would have given us a penalty, I would have become a hero and nobody would say a thing. In Uruguay it’s probably the same, so Suarez would have been a hero after he used his hand to deny Ghana a goal in the World Cup quarter-final in South Africa. Uruguay won and Suarez became a national hero. In England that is regarded as a horrible thing, and you are viewed as dishonest. And that’s what happened to me, and my name was mud in the media. And it’s harder if you’re

a foreigner; I’d say they have a little bit more tolerance with British players.

 

Do you keep in touch with anyone from your time at Arsenal?

Yes, I’m still in contact with Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky.

 

Do you ever get chance to watch Arsenal on TV? And what do you think of current team?

I watch Arsenal on TV whenever I can. When I’m at the hotel and Arsenal are playing I’ll definitely watch and support them. The Premier League is shown live in lots of countries and Arsenal are one of the favourite teams in the world. They’re still a great team, regulars in the Champions League, and not far off competing for trophies. But personally I’d say that this current team isn’t quite at the level as the one with Rosicky, Van Persie, Fabregas and Arshavin at their best. That team was something like Barcelona today. Everyone enjoyed watching them.

 

Do you remember Jack Wilshere when he was first coming through? Did you see his potential back then?

I remember Wilshere - he was just 16 but I could see he had a lot of talent. I’ve always told my friends in Brazil to remember his name, because he would become one of the best players in the world. He’s a world-class player and, for me, the stand-out individual in the current Arsenal squad.

 

Would you ever consider returning to England?

I still have one more year at Shakhtar and I don’t know where my future lies after that. If I have the opportunity to go back to England, I would return with pleasure. The Premier League gets inside you, and most players who leave want to go back there. I’m no different. I do miss playing in the Premier League, the intensity of the matches and the mentality of the English game.

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