Morning WOA Gooners and today I’d like to bring to you a tribute to Eduardo. The first Crozilian to play for Arsenal and an excellent footballer in the package. As we all know, and the club confirmed yesterday, Eduardo has left us and joined FC Shaktar Donetsk on an undisclosed fee… An undisclosed fee of around £6m. I for one was upset to see him move on. From a club perspective, it was probably the right decision and the only decision which benefited both player and club. Arsene is a clever manager and of course, he would have reviewed his stats, his general ability before and after the injury and in the last 6 to 7 months, I’m sure he’s realised that he’s no longer the player that he was before the injury.
Thanks to regular reader, Berth for sending in this video link:
10 goals in 13 starts before Eduardo’s injury summed up the player that Arsene saw and brought in and the player that he could have been for us. Not only was Eduardo a great football player, he was a a gentleman and that is something that stood out in his “goodbye” message. It was a sensation message, so here it is…
“Before I start a new chapter in my career with Shakhtar Donetsk, I just wanted to send a message to all my friends at Arsenal. The past few days have been very emotional for me. Although I am excited about the challenge ahead with my new club Shakhtar Donetsk, I am so sad to be leaving my home for the past three years – Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal is a very special football club and I will miss so many people – my team mates, all the staff and of course, the wonderful Arsenal supporters. I would just like to thank everyone for your support during my time at Arsenal. When I first came to England, I could not speak the language and knew nobody, but as soon as I arrived I was made to feel at home and part of this big family. Also, I want to say thank you to the Arsenal supporters - you have been fantastic to me and always sung my name and I will never forget this. I had some very difficult times with my injury, but Arsenal was always there for me – the medical staff, the management, the players and the supporters. Thank you everybody. Although I have now left the Club, Arsenal will always be in my heart. I will always look for the Arsenal results and of course, I wish Arsène Wenger and the great players at the Club well for next season and the future.”
That is one of the best messages I have ever read, and the one thing that stands out is the honesty that comes through the message. One of the things that all the journalists, agents, managers and fans whom have hand the honour to meet the player have always said is that he is very well spoken, very kind, always has time for people and always honest. A true gem of the game.
No one can question that the injury was the defining moment of his career was the injury – something that a few newspapers, such as the Daily Mail have mocked and even when he eventually moved on earlier this week, headlined the story.. ‘Flop Gunner! Eduardo was a big shot joining Arsenal…now he’s their latest striking failure’. Can you believe their ignorance? Let’s not dwell on that article.
In his 31 appearances and 22 starts before Birmingham, Eduardo contributed 12 goals at an average of a goal every 2.58 games, with a conversion rate of 23.5% from his shots in the Premier League. In his 36 appearances and 19 starts after Birmingham, Eduardo contributed seven goals, three of which were from the penalty spot, at an average of a goal every 5.14 games, with a conversion rate of 6.3% from his shots in the Premier League. (Source, football365)
All I can say is good luck to a true gentleman of the game, a truly honest pro and a talented football into the bargain. I really hope he does recover from his injury at Shaktar and goes on to have a career in the top level.
Thank you Eduardo, you’ll always be in our hearts too.