Arsenal agree Eduardo deal

Arsenal agree Eduardo deal
By Eurosport

02/07/2007 at 11:29Updated

Arsenal have confirmed a deal with Dinamo Zagreb for striker Eduardo da Silva.

The Croatia international, 24, has agreed terms with the North London side over a four-year contract at the Emirates stadium.

Dinamo Zagreb had originally announced that they were to recieve £16.25 million, but now that figure looks likely to be more in the region of £8 million.

Da Silva is Brazilian by birth but took Croatian nationality in 2002, having joined Dinamo when he was just 15.

He scored his first international goal in Croatia's 2-0 defeat of England back in October, and has gone on to average a goal every two games for his country.

"I'm happy but at the same time also sad to be leaving Dynamo, but I am proud to be joining Arsenal," he said.

"I have been playing very well for the last three years and have been rewarded with trophies. People have been telling me for a while that it's time to leave Dynamo. I had reached the maximum level possible in the Croatia.

"I've often thought about moving to a big club in Europe and sometimes I was sad when I scored for Dynamo because I knew that moved me a bit further from Zagreb."

The striker is already a part of Arsenal history. He scored the first goal in European competition at the Emirates as Dinamo were beaten 5-1 by the Gunners in a Champions League qualifying match last August.

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