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Eduardo Awaiting Arsenal Clearence

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal's big summer signing, Eduardo Da Silva, is yet to recieve a work permit from The Home Office.

Arsenal's initial attempts to gain Eduardo a work permit were rejected.

However, Arsene Wenger remains confident the Croatian international will get international clearence when his appeal is heard on August 2nd.

'We've an appeal hearing on 2 August for his work permit,' said Wenger.

'He has 50% national games for Croatia, which is a great achievement. He's played every game in the last year, so it'll be extremely close.'

'There are some signings in England who didn't play even one game for smaller countries than Croatia,' added Wenger.

'I'm optimistic that we have a reasonable chance.'

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 28 2007

Time: 12:11PM

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Anderson was granted a work permit at the end of last month despite having played just 6 times for Brazil U21 and twice for the national team. There would have to be something strange going on if Eduardo were not to be granted a permit.
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28/07/2007 12:58:00

Wenger also said it is normal for it to be rejected the 1st time, coz they strictly apply the 75% rule and there is a good chance for it to be approved on appeal. The same happened to Nani as well, if I'm not wrong. I am not exactly concerned about this.
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28/07/2007 13:00:00

Isn't Nani Portuguese? In which case as an EC member nation I don't think he would need a work permit.
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28/07/2007 13:27:00

Didn't Alex Song get a work permit on the grounds of being an "Exceptional Talent"? There's nothing to worry about, but I'm disapointed not to see him this weekend!
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28/07/2007 13:37:00

I think Song has dual nationality, France/Cameroon? there shouldn't be any problems with Eduardo getting a WP, United got one for Anderson without the 'exceptional talent' rule.
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28/07/2007 13:48:00

2 -1 to us any reports??
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28/07/2007 18:14:00

its a disgrace if he doesnt!
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28/07/2007 19:22:00

You're right Amos, it wasnt Nani. It was Andersen, for whom the application was rejected the 1st time (I think).
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28/07/2007 23:43:00

will eduardo still be able to play in the CL qualifyers without the work permit? Pardon my knowledge
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29/07/2007 05:22:00

Is the information given by the club correct that if Eduardo does not get a W/P then the deal could be off?
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29/07/2007 06:58:00

yes that would be part of all their deals for non EU players though its not just eduardo
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29/07/2007 11:11:00

Every time I hear about players having work permit troubles it makes me laugh, how much money are footballers putting into the coffers every tax year ? its ludicrous!
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30/07/2007 11:07:00

I would be most surprised and annoyed if Eduardo was not granted his work permit. This whole thing about him not being from a big enough league to satisfy the criteria - he can only score against who he is put up against, and so far hasnt done a bad job, being prolific in the Croatian league, and also scoring a neat goal against England in the qualifiers... »»Arsene Knows««
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30/07/2007 14:38:00

Well that would be a blow if it all came to nothing!
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31/07/2007 17:04:00

We are just keeping our fingers crossed for this exceptional talent to get the permit and help us score the goals and bring the glory together with RvP
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01/08/2007 08:29:00


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