It looks as if Eduardo’s Arsenal career is coming to an end this summer after Arsene Wenger told the striker that he is not in the first-team plans. Although it may appear to be a sad decision, is it in fact a correct one by the Arsenal boss?
The Croatian international has really struggled to find his form since suffering his horrific leg break two season ago, which could have ended the strikers career, and it now appears that Wenger has no choice but to sell him during the summer window.
Last season, Eduardo managed to accumulate a total of 32 appearances for the Gunners in which he found the net 5 times, a disappointing return for a player of his goal scoring ability. The forward has failed to score a goal in his last 12 Arsenal appearances and with the arrival of Marouane Chamakh this season looking to form a partnership with Robin van Persie, Wenger believes Eduardo is better off revitalising his career elsewhere.
It’s a very sad situation for everybody involved at Arsenal especially for Eduardo himself. The Brazilian born hitman arrived at the North London club in 2007 and looked to be a very clinical striker in international and club football. Undoubtedly he was one of the best finishers in the world and looked to be a great acquisition from Wenger. His performances haven’t been the same and when he did play last season he didn’t look comfortable as usual, which is very understandable considering his circumstances he endured.
The Arsenal faithful (or at least a majority of them) will feel that Wenger’s decision is a justified one, but deep down many will feel for the Croat. Conversely, a number of Gooners maybe bewildered at the prospect of Eduardo heading for the exit doors this summer, as they may think that the club have limited options up-front.
The Gunners do look adequately equipped in the forward department for the upcoming season, but some of the fans may think otherwise. If Eduardo was to leave as speculated, then Arsenal would be left with Robin van Persie, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott (he can play as striker), Andrey Arshavin and the Moroccan international Marouane Chamakh in the attacking sector, surely that is enough firepower right?
Eduardo remains a fan favourite, but unfortunately has failed in his attempt to recapture his first season form at Arsenal. So, taking all this into consideration, it does seem to be the correct decision by Wenger to relieve Eduardo of his duties this summer, even though it is a poignant one for many to take.
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