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 Â£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.
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.