They took some beating, but Arsenal were able to overcome Championship side Burnley 2-0 yesterday afternoon to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Eduardo da Silva opened the scoring as early as the 9th minute, finishing cleverly after a delightful lofted pass by Kolo Toure before the Brazilian-born Croatian turned provider, putting Nicklas Bendtner through to slide home the second with 15 minutes to go.
I didn’t get to catch the game due to the serious need to get some sleep but by all reports it was a tougher game than expected as Burnley put up quite a good fight, something that Arsene Wenger was quick to point out in his post-match interview.
“They played very well, very positively, and with a high tempo as well. We needed to be on our toes and the difference certainly was that they didn’t score their early chance and we did.”
And Arsenal supporters again have Eduardo to thank for that. There’s something unique about the way that he finishes that I couldn’t previously put my finger on until I saw the goal he scored last night: he continually seems to shoot just when the goalkeeper does not expect it. Or as Richard Jolly from Soccernet puts it:
“Perhaps the lack of backlift required enables him to baffle goalkeepers, but it is technique that continues to confound them.”
Check out the goals against Sevilla, Blackburn and Everton in this compilation and you’ll see what I mean. He’s doing really well now Eduardo and it’s great to see. You get the feeling that he would finish just as well in the Champions League final as well as he would against Burnley in the FA Cup and with AC Milan just around the corner, it’s a valuable asset for the team to possess.
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