Monday, 2 July 2007

Arsenal sign Eduardo da Silva

Edited version of Wiki entry.

Eduardo was born in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 15, in 1998, he moved to the Croatian capital city of Zagreb and joined Dinamo Zagreb. In 1999 and 2000, he spent two seasons at Brazilian club Bangu Atl├ętico Clube and returned to Dinamo for the 2001-02 season.

He became a regular at Dinamo for the 2003-04 season and became a regular at the club, making 24 domestic league appearances and scoring nine goals for the club in the league that season. Da Silva continued to play regularly for Dinamo in the following two seasons of the Croatian First League and was named the league's player of the year in 2006. He was also the Croatian First League's second best goalscorer in the 2005-06 season, scoring 20 goals in 29 matches.

In July 2006, he first helped Dinamo to win the Croatian Supercup as he scored two goals in their 4-1 victory over HNK Rijeka and then he also played well for Dinamo in their first-leg second-round UEFA Champions League qualifier away against Ekranas, once again scoring two goals in the club's 4-1 victory. In the club's second-leg third-round qualifier for the same competition against Arsenal on August 23, 2006, Eduardo scored the only goal for Dinamo in their 5-1 defeat to the English club on aggregate. It was also the first goal scored at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium in London during an international club competition.

In the first part of the 2006-07 Croatian First League season, he led Dinamo to a first-place finish at the winter break as he netted 18 goals in 18 matches.

In Dinamo's 4-0 win over Zagreb in a Zagreb derby on May 12, 2007, Eduardo scored his 30th and 31st league goals of the 2006-07 season and became the all-time most successful goalscorer of the Croatian First League. He finished the league season with 34 goals in 32 appearances

From the few times that I have seen him Eduardo seems to be a pacy, agile player with a good eye for goal. One suspects that he could be the ‘fox in the box’ in exactly the way the Francis Jeffers wasn’t. Perhaps more reprising the role that Ian Wright played.

Initial (although as yet unconfirmed reports) from Zagreb suggest that the 4 year deal could be worth up to £16M which is what Henry was sold for. I would imagine though that it would be somewhat less than that.

Other positive news seems to be that despite strong Spanish interest Cesc Fabregas is staying put. Probably the best signing that Wenger will make this summer.

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