By Chris Harris
Eduardo will NOT celebrate if he returns to Emirates Stadium with a goal tonight.
The Croatian striker left Arsenal for Shakhtar Donetsk in July but he's already back in London for a vital Champions League tie between the two Group H sides who have yet to drop a point.
Eduardo is guaranteed a warm welcome from the Arsenal fans who supported him before, during and after the serious injury that tainted his three-year spell with the Gunners. And the 27-year-old will show plenty of courtesy in return.
"I don't think I will celebrate [if I score]," he said. "I respect the Club, I had some great moments here and I have respect for the supporters and Mr Wenger, for the whole Club.
"I came from Croatia and learned a lot at Arsenal. Now I have more experience than before. When when you play for Dinamo Zagreb and someone like Mr Wenger finds you, takes you to play in the Premier League, that is big respect. He believed in me."
You won't see Eduardo twirling a Shakhtar shirt above his head if he finds the net for a third club at the Emirates (remember he scored the ground’s first European goal for Dinamo in 2006). But make no mistake, the former Gunner is determined to leave London with all three points.
"The most important thing is that now I am on the other side I will give all my best tomorrow," he said. "If I score, it will be good for Shakhtar so hopefully we can finish with a positive result.
"I am glad to come back to London again. It will be very nice to train here and spend some time here. It was great times here with Arsenal, but now I am on the other side and play for Shakhtar. I will give them 100 per cent, I am ready to play and will give my all best."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source