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Eduardo da Silva (nicknamed ‘Eduardo’) is a Brazilian-born striker who plays for Croatia’s national side and Arsenal in the English Premier League. He took on Croatian citizenship in 2002, and is a key man for the Croatian team. He missed almost a whole year of football, including Euro 2008, after sustaining a horrific leg-injury, but is looking back to his best. He plays as an out-and-out striker, poking home scrappy goals as well as smashing them in spectacularly from distance.

On 3rd July 2007, Eduardo made the move from Zagreb to London, signing for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal for a reported fee of £7m, with some additional clauses. Eduardo struggled at first to break the established front-line of Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor, playing as the substitute striker from the bench, but did enough to put himself next in line should an injury occur to the front two.

In November, van Persie picked up an injury, pushing Eduardo into the starting line-up. He linked up well with Adebayor, and started scoring goals as the manager’s belief in him paid off. In a purple patch for the club, Eduardo scored 5 and set up many more as Arsenal continued their title challenge over Christmas and New Year. In February 2008 disaster struck, when Martin Taylor slid in over-enthusiastically on Eduardo, breaking the Brazilian’s leg. It took almost a year for the leg to heal, but Eduardo is starting to knock the goals in again!

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