Croatian international da Silva joins Arsenal
The Arsenal Football Club has confirmed that the club will be signing Brazilian-born Croatian international Eduardo da Silva for an undisclosed fee. The 24-year-old Dinamo Zagreb striker will join Arsenal on a four-year deal, subject to a medical. Hooray! And he seems happy too!
“I am excited and happy in the same time, [and] also very proud that I am going to play in such a big club. I want to progress in my career, but it is be hard to leave Dinamo Zagreb after eight years. I will miss the club, the guys…I will be back one day, but now I want to accept a new challenge.”
True to Arsene Wenger’s form – in comes a real wild card. His ratio of seven goals in twelve games for the Croatian national team and 71 goals in 100 games for Dinamo Zagreb is exceptional and from this video he looks like a lightning-quick forward with a real eye for goal. He also scored the first competitive goal at Emirates Stadium and a fine headed goal in Croatia’s 2-0 win over England earlier this year. Personally, I think he’ll compliment the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie quite well. You can read all about da Silva here and if you feel like getting really excited you can also check this article out.
The best Croatian going around
I have to say that I am mighty relieved that Wenger has made a signing. And like regular reader Samuel said, “At least it’s not Anelka.” According to Gooner4Ever – a Croatian Arsenal supporter and another reader of this blog – ‘Dudu’ is the best Croatian going around and a real team player as well. Good stuff. It might not be a player that we expected but it will surely give Arsenal supporters something interesting to talk about.
Although a claim from Dinamo Zagreb president Mirko Barisic suggests that Arsenal have spent the entire sum of money they got for Thierry Henry’s transfer to Barcelona to purchase da Silva – €24 million – more reliable sources say the fee is around £8million.
At this stage it probably wouldn’t be wise to believe anything that has been published in the media until Arsenal themselves disclose a fee. For now, just enjoy the fun.
I’m excited! What do you think?
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