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Eduardo: 'Arsenal Will Always Be In My Heart'

Eduardo: 'Arsenal Will Always Be In My Heart'

Shakhtar Donetsk's newest player, Eduardo Da Silva, has described his departure from Arsenal Football Club as 'sad' and 'emotional'.

'DuDu' left N5 in search of first team football and his confidence after a long and arduous struggle to find his form after returning from that tragic injury suffered at St Andrews in Birmingham in 2008.

The striker says that whilst looking forward to a new challenge he's sad about leaving his 'home' and will always have Arsenal in his heart.

'The past few days have been very emotional for me.' Said Eduardo

'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.

'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.

'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 Arsene Wenger and the great players at the club well for next season and the future.'

Here's hoping we draw Shakhtar in the Champions League so we can give Eddie the send off he so desperately deserves.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday July 22 2010
Time: 12:21PM


what a shame,its over before it began
22/07/2010 12:29:00
This just makes me cry, Eduardo and his entire Arsenal experience, and him leaving just makes me into an emotional basketcase. Can't think of adequate words how sad and angry I've been and continue to be about Eduardo. Just can't say anything more than that.
22/07/2010 12:54:00
This is a letter I've sent to F365, which I hope will be included in the afternoon mailbox. But I thought it was worth reproducing here: I know somebody wrote in a few days ago articulating their sadness at Eduardo's departure, but having read his comments about Arsenal now his departure is confirmed, I wanted to outline not only how sad I am that his career has gone off track since the terrible injury, but to praise him highly for his parting comments, in which he professes his appreciation to the club, the medical staff and the supporters.//b// I realise hammy sound bites can be ten a penny when a player leaves, but it would have been very easy and very tempting for Eduardo to lash out, as players often do, for not being played last season. He could have blamed the new formation which clearly didn't suit him, he could have lambasted the British press for the hysterical abuse they meted out to him for the dive against Celtic. (Yes, it was a dive, but the opprobrium he received was infinitely worse than what Shawcross and Taylor combined received. Perspective?) He could have spat the English league was full of thugs and blamed Martin Taylor for curtailing an Arsenal career that looked set to really take off. He did none of these things, he humbly thanked the club and the supporters for sticking with him and didn't mention one thing about the injustices he suffered. From afar I'm sure it looks to supporters of other clubs that Arsenal fans' attachment to Eduardo is purely sentimental due to his terrible injury and there is an element of that. But these comments show there is more to it than that, we liked him because he served the club with distinction and dignity, never complained and largely, kept his head down, his mouth shut and put in a shift every single time he played. Which is more than can be said for certain other recently departed ex Arsenal strikers. Thank you Eddie.
Little Dutch
22/07/2010 12:57:00
I am so upset we lost Eduardo, such a great guy - was there for his magical come back game against Cardiff and I sang his name all night even all the way to the tube. This message just shows what a true gent the man is and I will follow him at Shakhtar - good luck Eduardo, thank you for everything you've done in an Arsenal shirt and for going through hell and back to get back into an Arsenal shirt. Eduardo da Silva - the much loved number 9.
22/07/2010 13:21:00
Eduardo : " Arsenal will always be in my heart ". And you in ours mate, always.
Cockney Rich
22/07/2010 13:29:00
What a touching message from a player who truly embodies the spirit of Arsenal. His reasons for leaving are completely justified and I really, really hope that he recovers his form and that he has a great career at Donetsk. I will always remember the emotion of that comeback match. More things were broken than Eduardos ankle in that brutal assault at St Andrew's 2 years ago. Apologists for players like Taylor and Shawcross ought to feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves but somehow I doubt it. They prefer to whine about the penalty against Celtic and complain about leg- breaking tackles. A very promising Arsenal career thwarted by the thuggery that is tolerated in this league. Good luck and farewell to brave little Eddy. Always part of Arsenal lore.
22/07/2010 13:36:00
Eduardo, is he the same Eduardo, that got his leg smashed @ birmingham, shame, and he got better to dive against Celtic, oh well.
spu 4 life
22/07/2010 13:39:00
Eduardo is a class act and a true gent. He will be sorely missed at Arsenal. All the best in Ukraine Mate and Spu 4 life, ***** off
22/07/2010 13:53:00
>>>spu 4 life - Over on VS, you call us " Scum ", " ********s " and because your site has mentioned Arsenal, there is a "virus" on your computer. Strange then that you felt compelled to come on here and post a message.
Cockney Rich
22/07/2010 13:57:00
It's sad but that, as they say, is life. He'll be fine and he'll still end up a very, very rich man. He won't be struggling with medical bills like lower league players, and he still has his leg (unlike many young men being sent to war everyday who return to a life of permanent disablility and prejudice) I'm not saying people shouldn't be sympathetic, but to suggest, as julielovesacheatingb'stard4ever does that the day he got snagged was the day the music died is complete nonsense. It's an injury caused by an accident, categorically NOT an assault. A sensible dose of cold-headed realism wouldn't go a miss on this site. His situation has to be placed in context.
Tony Rocky Horror
22/07/2010 14:03:00
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