By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger says Eduardo will need one or two more Reserve games before he is ready for the first-team.

The Croatian striker started his comeback against Portsmouth before Christmas and completed 90 minutes for the first time at Stoke on Wednesday night. Afterwards he felt confident enough to tell Arsenal.com that he was fit and ready to return at the highest level.

His manager agrees he is physically fine but wants the 25-year-old to have a couple more outings in the second string.

“I believe he needs three to four games, at least three,” said Wenger. “But what he did on Wednesday was encouraging. Gradually he gets more free in his decision-making. He showed he was physically ready and, of course, intelligent, but he needs one or two more games."

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