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Eduardo leaves Arsenal for Ukraine

Eduardo's ill-fated spell at Arsenal was brought to a close yesterday when he completed his move to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Brazilian-born Croatia striker has agreed a four-year deal with the big-spending Ukrainian club with Arsenal receiving a reported £6million from the transfer.

Eduardo joined Arsenal in 2007 but just as he was showing signs that he was adjusting to the Premier League, he suffered a horrendous broken leg and dislocated ankle at Birmingham.

The 27-year-old made his comeback in February 2009, almost exactly a year after the controversial challenge by Martin Taylor.

However, there were concerns that the psychological scars from the tackle have had a negative impact on his game and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has allowed him to leave.

Shakhtar's Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu said: “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.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen believes he will forge a robust centre-back partnership with new signing Laurent Koscielny.

“I didn't know Koscielny before but I have seen him in training,” said Vermaelen.

“He is a good defender, he puts pressure on the attackers all the time and he is tight with his marking.”

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