Since I’ve been a serious football fan, I’ve never really cared much for Arsenal. Quite the opposite, in fact.
However, I can’t help but be impressed by Arsene Wenger’s latest steal, who, like many before him, hasn’t taken long to make good on Arsenal’s investment.
Who am I referring to? Hint: He shares my first name.
With Thierry Henry leaving London behind for Barcelona, Arsene Wenger needed to find another goal-hungry forward, and that meant a move for Brazilian-born Croatian international Eduardo Da Silva in the summer, after the striker had produced a Croatian top flight record of 34 league goals in 32 matches in the 2006-07 season for runaway champions Dinamo Zagreb.
The decision has proved to be a good one, though he did have his struggles along the way.
Eduardo showed his prolific tendencies in both Europe and the Carling Cup, with his first seven tallies for the Gunners all coming in cup competitions, but couldn’t produce the same efforts in league play.
But, he finally broke through in the league against Everton on 29 December, when his two goals brought Arsenal back from a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead, on the way to an eventual 4-1 victory.
That match-changing performance has been part of a recent tear for Eduardo, as he’s scored six goals in the last five matches, with a brace against Blackburn in the Carling Cup quarters – in which he produced the extra-time winner – preceding his domination of the Toffees’ back line.
His goal against Burnley in Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup triumph on Sunday brought his tally to 11, and you can expect more soon, not only because Arsenal has two Carling Cup semifinal ties against Tottenham coming up, but also because his recent form should earn him a more regular place in Arsenal’s starting XI.
There’s always that one player on teams that you don’t care much for, that one that you just can’t help but have a little man love for, and thusly, I present to you, the Croatian sensation that is Eduardo da Silva.