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Eduardo from Patient to Impatient

Eduardo is fully fit but still not ready yet Arsene Wenger said today. The striker has had only 45 minutes in a reserve game since recovering from a horrific, career threatening injury suffered almost a year ago against Birmingham last February.

Wenger told Arsenal TV Online "Eduardo is fit now and available to play. Of course he lacks competition and you can`t put him into a Premier League game at the moment. But I have been impressed with his performances in training this week."

Understandably the manager is taking a cautious approach to bringing Eduardo back

"We will see how he develops now," said Arsene. 'Everybody is so impatient with him.

'You know that [the] most difficult part for a player when he has been out for so long is for him to be patient enough to be competitive at the top level. They feel they are ready but you know they are not quite ready.

"Let`s not rush it too much. He has played 45 minutes after nine months out so that means he is not ready to play in the Premier League just yet."

The sooner Eduardo can produce the form that earned him 12 goals and 10 assists, in just 22 starts last season, the better it will be for the team. It seems Eduardo is just as impatient to get back playing as the supporters are for him to be back.

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Date:Friday January 9 2009
Time: 12:57PM


I just want to see the bloke back and enjoying his football. After that we can start to expect performances from him.
09/01/2009 13:11:00
the lack of reserve games has been a real killer here. Arsenal should have organised a behind closed doors friendly for Eduardo to get 90 minutes.
09/01/2009 13:12:00
We did organise one back in early December against Forest reserves, but it got called off.
Little Dutch
09/01/2009 13:20:00
Surely the best way to get match fit is to get him on the bench and get him playing ten minutes here and there? With 7 substitutes now allowed we've got enough room for him. I really can't wait to see him take the pitch again!! Ideally a home game so he can get the full praise he deserves .... though knowing our fans he'll get booed. Lol
09/01/2009 13:49:00
Hopefully see you down at Cardiff fella!
09/01/2009 13:55:00
Thats the game i was thinking of aswell shewore. The perfect opportunity, but maybe Cardiff could play a little to rough agaiunst technically superior opposition and Wenger wouldn't want to put him into such a game, or could it be a case of tough love?
09/01/2009 14:13:00
Very possibly, i'm not too familiar with Cardiff's 'on the pitch' style of play, but as you say, Arsene's been on about this tough love when talking about him returning to training, be great to see him again, can't wait!
09/01/2009 14:28:00
09/01/2009 17:23:00
I can't wait to see him again! But then I know we can't take the slightest bit of risk with him either. Yes Arsene's right, let him take his time. Ah btw, the next reserves game is away to Stoke on 21/1 (Wed), 7pm kick-off. Hope to see Eduardo playing!
09/01/2009 18:39:00
I dont think he will make a proper comeback before mid or even end Feb. I guess we are all eager to see him playing, but I'd hate for Arsenal to rush things. Let him take his time, and I'm pleased to see that Wenger is playing it cool.
09/01/2009 19:20:00
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