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Monday, July 02, 2007

Youtube analysis of Eduardo Da Silva

Arsene Wenger does it again! Typically when the papers speculate Mr A, Mr B, or Mr C as possibles to join Arsenal he signs a Mr Z who was nowhere on the radar screen. Wenger is often on a whole other level when it comes to his acquisitions and he has proved it again today.

Eduardo Da Silva has impressive stats to his name. 34 goals in 32 games for Dynamo Zagreb last season stands out. 7 goals in 12 internationals for Croatia also looks good. And taking a look at this Youtube compilation of Da Silva - admittedly not the best method for analysing a player but the only resource I have until I see him play in the Arsenal shirt - there are some traits that become apparent.

One: He is a left footed finisher. When partnering RVP we will therefore have something that is rare to see - a strike-partnership comprising two left-footed finishers.
Two: He looks like a Benni McCarthy type striker- i.e. totally comfortable when in front of goal and because of this wastes no time in getting a precise shot on target.
Three: He can head the ball - not a quality normally attributable to Arsenal forwards!
Four: He is sharp on the ball and has dribbling prowess.

For me this is an intriguing signing that I like. The guy obviously has a mentality and talent for scoring lots of goals: a natural and predatory finisher of chances in the Benni McCarthy mould that I was hoping for to help the team when it comes under the frustrating collective spell of looking for the extra pass or getting anxious when a shot on goal is available.

It is clear that Wenger also idenitifed this as a weakness and his answer is a player whose apparent strengths should definitely add to and complement our current squad of players. I hope that he indeed does become the natural-born finisher of our creative and attacking team. Good luck Eduardo Da Silva.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

go gooners

7/02/2007 10:22 pm

Anonymous Kang said...

Looks like the boy can definitely score goals. RVP on the left, Tommy on the right, Eddie and Ade up front...its got a good balance to it, with no big personality like Titi to intimidate the youngsters - bring on the new season!

7/02/2007 10:26 pm

Blogger Pat said...

If he scores 32 for Arsenal next season there'll be a few less gooners upset over losing henry

7/02/2007 10:29 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he quick? Does he have any pace? Heart? Strength? If not, he is a waste of time like Suker before him!

7/02/2007 10:40 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a couple of things that you can get from this clip. He is brave as witnessed from crashing into keepers with the eye for goal rather than worried about getting hurt.

Number 2, his quick release - Once he has a chance he takes it quickly. Both are vital in the Premiership.

I think that this was another excellent signing from Wenger.

7/02/2007 11:36 pm

Anonymous Squid Boy said...

He looks a good finisher, when i first heard he was left footed, i thought he may be the winger/striker that Wenger had signed to replace Jose, but he seems too good a finisher to be wasted out wide. I dunno how he'll cope in a 4-3-3, especially if he is the spearhead, he seems to short to lead a line on his own, although with the likes of v.Persie around him, i'm sure they'll be quite fluid in swapping positions. I reckon he'll be best suited to a 4-4-2, he looks good in the air so maybe Wenger will sign a decent winger to complement this, cos we know Rosicky/Hleb aint gonna get to the byline and cross it in too often. With rumours of Sagna coming in, maybe push Eboue further forward? He certainly was our best crosser of the ball last season...shame he didn't have many people in the box to cross to! Hopefully da Silva will solve this problem.

7/03/2007 1:34 am

Anonymous Nturtle said...

Thanks for the thoughts T. Again, it's great to see you've identified certain qualities that we are lacking, and so I'm now wondering whether you ARE Wenger in disguse or not!? HA!

Certain the box player and finisher is a great assest. There's been a lot of commenting on the video being "just" the Croatian league, and he scores a lot of penalties, but I would say it's great that we have a player who doesn't mind the cold, the wet, and poor pitches!!! HA! Just what we need when we travel up North or overseas to less hospitable places! A penalty scorer is good backup as well for Gilberto & VP - not sure I'm that convinced with others taking penalties really!

He's arrived, he looks the business, we'll have to see how much impact he makes, but certainly doing what he has done in Croatia and also on the international level, hopefully it can easily be replicated in a TEAM that plays to his style - keeping the ball on the ground, quick passing...incisive runs...he's well suited methinks.

Good luck "Dudu" - he's got the No.9 shirt and I'm sure he'll do it proud!

7/04/2007 3:14 am

Anonymous Nturtle said...

I forgot to mention - thanks too to all the comments esp last anon 1:34am - great point about bravery! He certainly has a "shoot" mentality!

We'll have to see squidboy how he fits. Maybe the 4-5-1 that turns into 4-3-3 isn't a bad thing.

7/04/2007 3:16 am

Blogger Skippy said...

I don't know too much about this guy. I am always on the look out for quality strikers as I play up front my self. I hope he does well at Arsenal. I don't think he will replace TH, TH was just one off, a very special player.

7/04/2007 4:49 pm

Blogger T said...

Yeah, to ditto Nturtle thanks everyone for your comments. It looks like there are genuine good vibes towards the Da Silva signing and I think this boils down to the fact that he does look to offer us something different.

If he turns out to be a gem then our hats off will go off to Wenger for unearthing someone who simply was not talked about as a potential striking acquisition!

Ideally he will start off with a goal or two in our opening game at home to Fulham and show signs of being a real find from day one... here's hoping!

P.S. Nturtle, I thought we agreed that you would not blow my cover?! :)

7/04/2007 9:25 pm

Anonymous Nturtle said...

LOL....sorry T...too much beer!

7/05/2007 12:55 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Felt I had to have some say on da Silva, who looks to be another quiet player Wenger has picked up. I sense some players with a predominate left foot are quite apt on the pitch and Arsenal have another in the Brazilian-Croatian and it will be interestig to see his acquisition into the EPL.

But for me I must mention about another Brazilian Gunner in the captain, another Silva. Drogba stated that with Henry leaving Arsenal are one less title contender to deal with. Gilberto Silva came out to give a defiant 'we'll see', like a captain should. Drogba has his own opinion, obviously, but again the chickens are counted before the eggs have even cracked, surely?

It is not guaranteed that Utd and Chelsea are forerunners. Talk like that can only inspire others, not dicount them.


7/07/2007 3:28 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

GunnerPete says....Yes 'T' its another brilliant blind side run by Arsene. Whilst the others are boasting about the pots of money they have paid for their 'new' superstars. Arsene dissapears and appears with another £7 mill man who will probably become a big star. Added to the strike force of Van Percie, Bentner, Adebajour,Walcott, suddenly we have power via the feet or the head for the first time in years. The balance is right again.

I remember some time ago praising an unknown pair and hoping AFC would sign them ( Teves & Eboue ) well we all know what happened to Eboue, and Im sure the other lad will find a club somewhere.

Lets hope Eboue is allowed to play where he should have done from the start ie; right midfield. He is a natural powerful front runner who can finsih and send over a great centre. Even if Arsene does not buy Sagna I would still play him in a forward role.

This year I think & hope that Walcott, Adebajour & Bentner, give us 40 goals between them added to the 50 scored by VP & DS, that should do nicely.

I just hope people like Gallas & Drogba learn, and soon, that its not wise to make stupid predictions without engaging the brain first.

The biggest problem I see is who do you NOT PICK for the first game ????????????????????????

7/09/2007 5:39 pm

Anonymous Nturtle said...

LOL Gunnerpete! Well, it is still a young team...but hopefully now a blooded, experienced young team. There is no more time for transition, so the goals better come! If we do well, Wenger might stay a bit longer...if not...who knows!

Gallas sure needs to keep his gob shut...nobody else at Arsenal is saying much...why should he?!?!? I hope he goes and gets sold...Djourou and Senderos should get another chance ahead of that wally! Experience is only good when you know HOW to use it as well!

Funny you should mention picking the starting lineup...I think Chelsea, Liverpool and ManU have more of a problem than us really!

I'd tend to go for:


Hoyte Toure Djourou Clichy

Eboue Cesc Gilberto Rosicky

VP Eduardo



The three attacking subs could be used to better effect as impact players...but we all know Wenger isn't that adventurous (or read EARLY enough) with his subs...we'll have to see!

7/10/2007 6:56 am


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