Eduardo da Silva completes Arsenal move
Posted July 4, 2007on:
Croatian international striker Eduardo Da Silva has finalised the terms of his transfer to Arsenal from Dinamo Zagreb on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, pending the receipt of a work permit.
Da Silva (24) was born in Brazil but moved to Croatia at the age of 15 and took Croatian nationality in 2002. The striker scored the first goal in European competition at Emirates Stadium when Arsenal beat Dinamo Zagreb 5-1 on aggregate in last season’s UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round.
Eduardo has made 12 appearances for the Croatian national team, scoring seven goals, including the first in their 2-0 Euro 2008 Qualifier victory over England in October 2006.
During his time with Dinamo Zagreb, Da Silva scored 73 goals in 104 appearances, won the Croatian League title twice (2006 and 2007) and the Croatian Cup twice (2004 and 2007). He was voted Croatian Player of the Year in 2004 and 2006, and was the Croatian League’s top scorer in both 2006 and 2007.
Manager Arsène Wenger said: “We are delighted to have signed Eduardo Da Silva. He has great qualities and will integrate very well into our style of football. He is a very good finisher and although he is predominantly a striker, he is a very adaptable player.
“I have known about him for a while but his performances against us in last year’s Champions League really showed what a dangerous player he is. Da Silva is a pacy, intelligent player. Also, he is hardworking and has a very good team ethic to his game.
“Eduardo will be a great asset for us and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us.”
Da Silva added: “I am so happy and proud to be joining Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world with many great players and I am looking forward to helping my new club challenge for trophies.”
Eduardo will wear the No 9 shirt and will join up shortly with his new team-mates for pre-season training.