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Eduardo Da Silva Joins Ukrainian Club Shakhtar Donetsk

Eduardo has completed a move from Arsenal to Ukranian club Shakhtar Donetsk for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around six million pounds (about $9 million).  The Brazilian-born Croatian striker joins FC Shakhtar on a four year deal.

The official release from Shakhtar's website:

Today on 21 July FC Shakhtar have signed a Brazilian-born Croatian forward Eduardo Da Silva from Arsenal London on a 4-year contract being anticipated by all the international media.

All the details were agreed tonight at Donbas Arena in Donetsk.

Within the nearest time the newcomer will be introduced to Ukrainian media representatives as well as to the Pitmen fans.

The 27-year-old began his career in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb in 2001and with the exception of a one year loan to Croatian lower level team, Inter Zaprešić, stayed with Dinamo for six years. In 2007 he moved to Arsenal where it took him several months to become a fixture in the starting lineup.  In February 2008, Eduardo suffered a gruesome leg injury (DO NOT click link if you do not want to see one of the most horrific injuries in sports), when he broke his left fibula and dislocated his left ankle.

The injury kept him out for just under a year.  Eduardo has still been struggling to find form since returning from his injury and, despite signing a contract extension with Arsenal in November, the club decided to cash in on him.

From BBC Sport:

He ends his spell at the Emirates with a record of 20 goals in 67 appearances for the Gunners.

Shakhtar's Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu said: "We wanted to buy Eduardo before he moved to Arsenal.

"Not everything went his way last season, but he is still a player of very high quality, a real marksman.

"Yes, he had a serious injury, we are aware of the risk, but at the same time we realise he can give a lot to Shakhtar. We expect a lot from Eduardo."

Eduardo will join a Shakhtar team that is the defending Ukrainian Premiere League Champions and the 2009 UEFA Cup champs. FC Shakhtar currently sits in fifth in the league with a win and a draw two games into the season.