Striker close to Arsenal return – what an ovation he’ll get in August!

It’s not just the Gunners who have been missing Eduardo da Silva. Anybody who watched Croatia labour to a 1-0 win over Austria could see that they lacked the cutting edge that their diminutive forward had supplied in droves during qualifying. However, the striker is nearing a return and let’s hope that he’s every bit as good after his broken leg as he was before that fateful day at St Andrews in February.

The Press Association report that Slaven Bilic claims Eduardo is just weeks away from a return, sadly not making it in time to play a part for his nation after helping them get to the finals.

“He is recovering and he even may even join Arsenal for their preparations (for next season),” Bilic said.

“We are motivated also because of Eduardo, it’s clear because he is very popular among players,” said Bilic.

“Eduardo’s absence is a handicap, we feel it all the time because we consider him one of the best strikers in the world.

“Arsenal have also felt that but we feel we are a good team and have enough to compensate.”

Providing Eduardo and Van Persie stay free from injury next season, Arsenal FC will be confident of bagging lots of goals, especially if Adebayor also sticks around. The Croatian was just beginning to show his best form for the Gunners before the horror challenge and will now hope for some better fortune in the coming season.


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