Sunday, 18 July 2010

Eduardo looks close to Arsenal exit

It looks as though Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva could be on his way to the Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk if reports in the country are to believed.

A fee in the region of €7million is mentioned.

The Croatian was a noticeable absentee from the squad that took on Barnet yesterday, along with Manuel Almunia both of whom have been linked with moves away from the Grove this summer.

He was originally named in the 22-man squad on on Friday afternoon, however was replaced on the day by the England under 18 international Jay Simpson.

Eduardo has yet to rediscover the form he had following the horror tackle inflicted upon him by Martin Taylor, the former Birmingham City defender.

That challenge on February 23, 2008, robbed Arsenal of not just an exceptional striker who was beginning to find his way in English football but also derailed the club's title challenge for the season.

His destination has however come out of the blue. Having checked through my archive of the summer rumours I cannot find that he's ever been linked with the club which is owned by a Ukrainian billionaire.

There has been smoke coming out of London Colney that one of Tomas Rosicky or Eduardo was being lined up at the exit door, to make room in the squad for Joe Cole.

This rumour may now be barring some fruit.

However it remains to be seen if we bring in the England midfielder.

Last summer we shipped out Adebayor and Toure to Manchester City but were only able to capture the signing of Thomas Vermaelen.  Marouane Chamakh our chosen replacement for Adebayor being held hostage at Bordeaux.

This summer we have lost William Gallas and Mikeal Silvestre, replacing one of those with Laurent Koscielny. Ideally we'll bring in another defender or promote one of our youngsters.

Sol Campbell's future remains up in the air.

So Eduardo out and Joe Cole in is a like for like transfer of sorts. One attacking player for another.

If and when this rumour is confirmed and the transfer does take place, I'll have more to say on the subject.
I just hope that if this move does happen, or even if he stays at Arsenal, we can seeing a player returning to his best.

Maybe a chance of scenery is just what he needs though.

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