The Fairytale Is Over: Goodbye Eduardo, You Will Be Missed

Well after all the rumours, it has officially been announced that Eduardo da Silva has been sold to Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of around £6 million.

And what a truly sad end to his Arsenal career that is.

I am actually really upset. As many people have already mentioned, he was a humble person and didn’t deserve what happened to him. He struggled when he first arrived but by October of 2007 he had arrived.

This guy was the real deal.

I’ve never seen a guy who could finish with the coolness this guy did. I loved how this guy scored goals – it was if time stood still and he had all the time in the world. Once he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, there was only one outcome.

His finishing was immense. The two goals he scored against Everton were things of beauty. Watch them again, they were stunningly good goals. Then there was the other brace against Blackburn in the Carling Cup – extremely cool finishes. And of course, there was his awesome goal against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium, when he chested the ball down in the 6 yard box and lashed in a scissor kick.

I’m not exaggerating here, at that point he was the best finisher in the Premier League.

Look back on old match commentaries from the goals he scored – no-one had nothing but superlatives for him.

But then of course, there was that faithful night at St Andrews on Saturday February 23rd, 2008.

I will never forgive Martin Taylor for what he did, and I am still outraged as I was 2 years ago. Arsene Wenger said Taylor shouldn’t play football again and I agree. What a disgrace.

I was disgusted from the media for their comments, and even more furious at Taylor for his extremely reckless “tackle”. Quite frankly I can’t post online what I’d like to happen to this “footballer”.

And I suppose this just brings back all those horrible memories; the sense of grave injustice, the shocking injury to Eduardo and ultimately the end of his potentially great Arsenal career.

Because even after his brave and courageous recovery, he was never the same again.

He showed glimpses now and then on his return, scoring a brace against Cardiff City in the FA Cup, and that stunning volley he scored against Burnley at The Emirates.

But struggles with other injuries limited his playing time and disrupted his comeback, and Arsene Wenger’s new formation of 4-3-3 meant that the team no longer really could accommodate his style of play. And of course, the intensity and physicality of the Premier League is something that Eduardo has struggled to come to terms with, and who can blame him after everything he has been through?

So it is a sad end to Eduardo’s career at Arsenal, and I haven’t been so upset to see a player leave for a long, long time.

This gifted individual had taken us Arsenal fans through a real roller-coaster ride over the last 3 years, and I wish “Dudu” nothing but the best of luck at his new club. I can’t remember and Arsenal story as emotional as his, and I truly hope that he can re-ignite his career and do what he does best – scoring goals on a regular basis.


13 thoughts on “The Fairytale Is Over: Goodbye Eduardo, You Will Be Missed

  1. I hope the british thugs and their media are happy now . If the english players are not going to change their style of play there will be a day when there is no foreign talents plying their trade in BPL.Good luck Dudu

  2. good luck eddy

    i will always remember west ham away in the cup last season.
    fantastic header, great rejoicing for the remainder of the game singing your name.
    you can’t beat winning away, the cup especially wenger take note

  3. Really hope we get to play Shakhtar sometime at the Emirates so we can properly thank him, as we did with Pires.

  4. I couldn’t have put it better than you m8. I read your blogs for year but a lazy bastard like me will have something to move him emotionally like the nostalgia stirred up by this SAD goodbye.

  5. Good luck Eduardo, you will be missed.

    I’m just glad he has recovered to an extent and can still try and make a career for himself, although unfortunately it’s not with Arsenal.

    All the best, Dudu.

  6. Goodbye and good luck, Dudu. You will be missed. I hope you’ll regain the form that has thrilled so many of us in SD, and become the best player you can be.

  7. i agree totally. it disgusts me that they can take great players out the game and be so happy about it. poor martin taylor they said-yea poor martin-crazy.

    he was a cool customer, ice cold finisher with fowler like technique. i remember seeing him score a few and feel excited knowing what a player we had. ive never been so peeved at a player leaving. its partly like theyve won-but i know they aint. he was a fraction short coordination and pace wise & the 4-3-3 didnt help.

    he was the kind of guy you want to win things as his attitude deserves it. a fighter. its a real shame.

  8. Sad to see him go, as you say. What a finisher – one of the coolest I’ve ever seen !

    Personally that tackle was a disgrace that ruined his Arsenal career, but lest we forget it also – in all probability – robbed us of the title that season. Easy to say in retrospect I know, but I firmly believe it was the tipping point.

    Good luck to you at Shakta Dudu. You will be missed.

  9. Sad its ended how it has for Eduardo at Arsenal but once that injury hit it was always gonna be a struggle. Lets not get too over the top on how good he was/is though. He ‘COULD’ have been a goodun for us but while he impressed in patches a DB10, Henry or Wright he wasnt. We have yet to get a striker of that standard since Henry left (VanP is never fit for a full season to prove otherwise)

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