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Eduardo ‘completes £6million transfer from Arsenal to Shakhtar Donetsk’
Arsenal striker Eduardo has completed his move from Arsenal to Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee believed to be in the region of £6million – with the clubs due to announce the move this week.
Croatian international Eduardo will be unveiled as a Shakhtar Donetsk player this week
The striker, whose Gunners career has stalled since he suffered a career-threatening injury in February 2008, has agreed personal terms and has passed a medical.
Croatian international Eduardo was not included on the 27-man list of players to go to Arsenal’s training camp in Austria this week so he could finalise the terms of his move to the Ukraine.
And his international manager Slaven Bilic has revealed the Brazilian-born hitman sought his council, as well as that of Croatian team-mate and Shakhtar skipper Darijo Srna, before agreeing the move.
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“I spoke with Eduardo. He was very pleased with the move to Shakhtar. He is going to a strong league,” said Bilic.
“This season they will once again play in the Champions League, have many difficult matches and this is excellent for the national team.
“The captain of Shakhtar is Srna, in the team there are a lot of Brazilians, so I have no doubt that Eduardo will quickly adapt to Donetsk.” (Metro)
So after three years of occasional bouts of lethal finishing and one hell of a horrific injury, Eduardo’s spell at Arsenal is brought to an end. Its very much a case of what could have been as it seemed at times the Croatian international seemed a good fit for the north London club but was unable to form an effective partnership with any of his Gunners team-mates.
Arsene Wenger was clearly not going to stand in the 27 year old’s way as it would appear he was no nearer to the top of the striking pecking order once Marouane Chamakh arrived at the club.
We have attached perhaps his most impressive goal during his time at the club.