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Does this video suggest that Eduardo could become Arsenal's top scorer?


Euro 2008 is upon us and watching Croatia in action in their 1-0 win over co-hosts Austria at the weekend one thing was obvious; the Croats really miss Eduardo da Silva.

The Brazilian born Dudu is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world and his record for his adopted country is impressive - 13 goals in 22 appearances.

And the good news for us Gooners is that it looks like Eduardo could join his Arsenal team mates in time for pre-season training next month as he astounds doctors with his speedy recovery from one of the worst injuries I have ever seen - a double compound fracture of his left leg and an open dislocation of the ankle.

Arsenal are superb when it comes to dealing with long term injured players and as with anyone crocked for so long, the club allowed Eduardo to choose where he wanted to undergo his rehabilitation, so the 25-year-old took the opportunity to return to Rio de Janeiro for a few months.

Reports from the clinic he is attending are hugely encouraging and as our video shows, not only is off his crutches, but just three months after a potentially career ending injury he is walking unhindered, kicking a ball and even running in the gym...

When I first heard about Dudu's remarkable recovery, I was a little sceptical about the news, as the original prognosis was that he would not be able to run for six months. But this video shows just how mentally strong our Crozilian hit man is and I'm toying with the idea of betting on him being Arsenal's top scorer next season.

The way he quickly adapted to the pace of the Premier League last season saw Eduardo score 12 goals despite starting just 22 times (plus 9 substitute appearances). Compare that with Emmanuel Adebayor in the season that he joined the club and you'll see that scoring 12 goals took the Togo striker 32 starts (plus 12 appearances from the bench).

I've also taken the opportunity to look back at the video footage of some of Eduardo's games for the Gunners last season to remind myself just what a class act Arsene Wenger has signed.

We saw a brace against Sheffield United, a similar number against Blackburn and then his double against Everton. There was also his sublime overhead kick away at Manchester City and the stunning volley against West Ham. And add to that the eight assists for Arsenal goals and it hammers home the point that the injury to Eduardo may just have been the key to the Gunners ending up empty handed last season.

His determination to return to fitness as soon as possible is fantastic and as our video shows, he's working incredibly hard to make sure he's available to Le Gaffer for Arsenal's pre-season programme.

Such strength of character is great to see and I believe that Eduardo will return stronger than ever next season to show the Premier League exactly what he is capable of.

What do you think of Eduardo's progress? Do you think his horrific injury will affect his game? Or do you believe that he will use the experience to return a stronger and better player? Share your comments here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 9, 2008 11:02 AM in Debate of the Day| Video
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It does.
Go Eduardo!!!

Posted by: Luke | June 12, 2008 6:37 AM

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