Eduardo Set For Fresh Start

by Neil Sherwin

After three difficult years at Arsenal, which included one of the most horrific leg breaks seen in the league, Eduardo da Silva has left to join Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Brazil-born, Croatian international has cost a reported £6million and has been instructed to learn Russian within the first four months as part of the £50,000 per week contract.

He went through two thorough medicals before the deal was confirmed, and has joined for four years.

Now 27, Eduardo moved to The Emirates in 2007 after finding the net on a regular basis for Dinamo Zagreb, but only six months later his career was in tatters.

An horrific tackle by Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor shattered the striker’s ankle and it was almost a year to the day before he returned to first team action.

Despite making a full recovery from the ankle break, Eduardo hasn’t looked the same player he was before and scored just twice in the 2009/10 campaign.

The big money acquisition of Marouane Chamakh from French side Bordeaux will only see him drop further down the pecking order so the decision was made to seek regular first team football elsewhere.

In an emotional statement posted on Arsenal.com, Eduardo thanked fans for their support during what were difficult times.

“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.”

Eduardo has played 29 times for Croatia, scoring 18 goals.

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