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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.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 22 2010

Time: 12:21PM

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what a shame,its over before it began
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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.
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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
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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.
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22/07/2010 13:21:00

Eduardo : " Arsenal will always be in my heart ". And you in ours mate, always.
Cockney Rich
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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22/07/2010 14:03:00

And once again TRH and his fellow classless lowlife trash-spud specimen ruin this site. TRH has singlehandedly destroyed the fun I have in coming to this site.
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22/07/2010 14:30:00

jaelle - don't let those morons stop you coming on here, or enjoying yourself. How have the media in Brazil reported on Eddies transfer ? I trust they hold him in the same high regard as we do ???
Cockney Rich
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22/07/2010 14:35:00

An individual as classy as Eduardo and an action as commendable as the one he made today deserves much better than this utterly repugnant gutter journalism from a vile publication that is, I don't doubt, TRH's rag of choice.
Little Dutch
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22/07/2010 14:38:00

TRH ***** off
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22/07/2010 14:41:00

Since when was Eddy joining a big shot transfer? From what I remember it was a very low key transfer and a surprise one at that. It was never a high profile transfer but at the time a shrewd bit of business by AW. I think the ***** who wrote that excuse for an article is still clearly bitter about the part Eduardo played in making sure England didnt qualify for Euro 2008
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22/07/2010 14:44:00

Eduardo was gobbled up and then spat out by the English. Here was a footballer with plenty to offer coming to the EPL but which the English footballing culture so brutally destroyed. Following the leg break was the character assassination for a commonplace incident that happens frequently in world football. It was so disproportionate that one might think there was a deliberate attempt to destroy the player’s career. He was treated disgracefully and without any respect and to be honest he is better out of it playing in a league that doesn’t justify assault as an acceptable way of playing football. The comments on here come from the heart simply because of the injustice of his treatment and the way in which he has conducted himself in spite of everything. Forget football, this is a person who deserves the best in life, regardless.
Sir Henry
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22/07/2010 14:52:00

Once again TRH, you fail to comprehend that this is, primarily, an ARSENAL site for ARSENAL fans. An ARSENAL player's career was cut short by an appalling injury inflcited needlessly. The player in question chose to send a personal message to the supporters. As ARSENAL supporters, that strikes a chord and invites and receives our sentiment. By it's very virtue, this is a moment of some emotion between fans and player, trying to pour scorn on that is effectively useless. It's like turning up at a stranger's funeral, walking over to the bereaved's next of kin and saying, "There, there, very sad, but, you know, ***** happens." Of course I'm not comparing this to a funeral in its enormity, but to rubbish the sentiment is useless. I deleted your last comment because it was another poor attempt to wind up the members and throw the thread off track yet again. It probably is a slight breach of power in my use of the admin tool, but frankly, I won't let you ruin this particular thread. Not today.
Little Dutch
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22/07/2010 14:53:00

Look, i'm sorry i've hurt your feelings, it wasn't my intention. On the contrary, i was attempting to console you by reminding you that he'll be alright. Which he will. That's all.
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/07/2010 15:05:00

Tim, you don't have to justify your actions to TRH, or any other moron from VS for that matter. Your use of the ' admin tool ' is nowhere near being a " slight breach of power ". It is sensible editing in an attempt to save this emotional thread from going the way of many others. Hijacked and destroyed. Personally, when it comes to the ' usual suspects ' from VS, the admin tool should be used alot more frequently.
Cockney Rich
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22/07/2010 15:08:00

I actually came on here to offer my condolances on behalf of your NL neighbours...shame.
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/07/2010 15:15:00

Class is a complex concept that a lot of people fail to grasp and clearly Eduardo has it in abundance. Top bloke. All the best Eddy!!
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22/07/2010 15:32:00

TRH, the best thing you can do for us is quit coming on here. You are not wanted as your opinions are not worth the paper the daily wail is printed on.
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22/07/2010 15:43:00

There were many inaccuracies in the Daily Racist's portrayal, but what troubled me was their fetishisation over Eduardo's injury, using his broken bones so gleefully as a metaphor was particularly troubling and suggests the writer is not of sound mind.
Little Dutch
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22/07/2010 15:45:00

I wish Eduardo a great career and hope that we do get Shakhtar in the Champions League so the everyone can show their appreciation.
Gun 'Em Down
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22/07/2010 16:29:00

People taking cheap shots at Eduardo even though he's left the country. I really do feel he will be miles better off where he is now. We might have the greatest club in the country to play for, but this footballing nation really does stink to high heaven. Good luck Eddie, I don't think you'll need it, but it's there anyway.
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22/07/2010 17:09:00

This country that 'stinks to high- heaven' gave him the kind of life a man like him couldn't have dreamt of in a million years. And the wages of an emperor to boot. When he was injured he was given space- age care to help him recover. He has and now he can continue his work at a top European club. Seriously, you should think before you type.
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/07/2010 17:48:00

Your collective group mentality just gets more bizarre by the day. Perhaps you should announce your independence from Enla
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/07/2010 17:50:00

from England.
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/07/2010 17:51:00

The kind of life, wages and medical care he got here was given to him by Arsenal Football Club courtesy of Arsenal fans, which is probably why he thanked us all. The rest of the country gave him nothing but sh** for his entire Arsenal career. I'm suprised he stayed as long as he did with the treatment he recieved.
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22/07/2010 17:55:00

The rest of the country him *****? Who gave him *****? Come on be specific...
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/07/2010 18:00:00

If you need me to be specific then you obviously don't watch football much and you're blatantly here on the wind up. So I'll politely advise you to do one.
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22/07/2010 18:02:00

A class human being, embodied in this message he's sent out to the fans. Lets hope Shakhtar visit the Grove in the CL, then the fans can give him a proper ovation.
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22/07/2010 18:34:00

It's such a shame that Eduardo wasn't the same player after his injury. I wish him all the best at his new club and I hope it works out for him!
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22/07/2010 18:43:00

A truly classy player and human being. Bye Eddie, and all the best in your endeavours. as an aside, why can't the mods/admin just delete all moronic posts by some of our scummy neighbours?
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22/07/2010 19:15:00

It's already been explained to you dozens of times TRH, stick to the topic, don't insult other members. If you want to have a debate about fascism, we have a forum, start a thread and the people who want to discuss it with you, can do there. This thread is about Eduardo, the posts you've made about Eduardo you'll notice, remain. Ones that deliberately incite other members and attempt to destabilise the thread don't.
Little Dutch
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22/07/2010 20:44:00

I'm surprised by this decision to release Eduardo. If he has something to offer Shaktar, why can't he offer it to Arsenal too?
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/07/2010 21:02:00

Eduardo was a classy individual both on and off the pitch as others have already stated. Sorry to see him leave but as AW has said, he needs regular first team football and we can't offer him that. Hope he gets his confidence back and continues to have a successful career. As for TRH, why does anyone bother to respond to his idiotic comments. He is like a stalker obsessed with our club. Please everyone ignore him and I'm sure one day he will go away.
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23/07/2010 11:37:00

christ anyone woulda thought he had died the way you lot are mourning him. He was an average player that had a bit of bad luck. yet it is always portrayed that he was the victim of some terrible crime. Get over it gooners
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23/07/2010 11:47:00

How dare you cb25Yid!!! didn't you know, this guy had the talent of ten Maradonas and it was snatched away by Martin Taylor and the evil dark-lord Pulis. He was killed, maimed for life by the dirty English press, all the players, the media, the people, the government...WE ALL CARRY A WEIGHT OF GUILT OVER THIS!!!!. Personally, i'm off to beat myself silly with a rusty tire-iron as a form of self-flagelation, whilst wailing 'WE ARE SO SORRY EDUARDOOOOO, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE US!!!!? over and over like a mantra.
Tony Rocky Horror
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23/07/2010 19:28:00

The world will be a better place if you do all the things you mention, chief troll. There is no over reaction at all from our end. The only overreaction in modern football is frustrated, adoloscent spuds screaming "judas" at Sol campbell. Get over it Spuds. He left for greener pastures as his two PL titles including one unbeaten will tell you.
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23/07/2010 21:09:00

Why do people fail to understand that it's ok to be sad about a player's career dwindling? Why do people insist on this pathetic "well, he didn't die, did he?" reaction? It shows such a level of immaturity, you are allowed to be sad about things that don't necessarily involve death. What does the quality of the player actually matter in this context? Are you implying that it's o.k that he was crocked and his career ruined because he wasn't the best player ever? And since when did a dangerous obsessive such as TRH get to give out tips on emotional maturity. You need to be in a secure insitution and a straitjacket mate, so to mock our reaction is incredibly rich indeed.
Little Dutch
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24/07/2010 09:06:00

please .. just get rid of these scums
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24/07/2010 11:07:00


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