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Our series continues with Eduardo's masterful improvisation against Burnley in 2009.
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Eduardo v Burnley (H) 05-08-2009
Over the years, Arsenal has had plenty of players who could score goals. But there is a special category for natural finishers. In 2010/11, Robin van Persie picked up that moniker after scoring 18 league goals after the New Year. And Ian Wright was the Club’s all-time leading scorer – until a guy named Thierry Henry came around.
And then there was Eduardo. His Arsenal career was far too short, but this goal sums up why he belongs with the aforementioned company.
While Henry did much of his damage outside the area, Eduardo was simply a predator inside the box. Find him with a cross, a pass or a knockdown and the chances are he would find the back of the net.
And similar to Henry's backheel against Charlton, this goal was a perfect piece of improvisation.
In a fifth round FA Cup match-up against Burnley, Arsenal took a one-goal lead in the first half and were again piling on the pressure after the re-start. Bacary Sagna, Alex Song and Abou Diaby linked up but the midfielder was dispossessed by Kevin McDonald just inside the box.
Andrey Arshavin sprinted to the corner to retrieve the ball and laid it off for Kieran Gibbs. The left back then slid the ball back to Song in the middle.
Song looked up and floated a perfect pass towards Eduardo, who had peeled away towards the far post. But as the ball arrived, the Croatian had little time to adjust his feet. The goal poacher that he was, Eduardo he improvised. With a flick of the left heel, Eduardo knocked the ball past Burnley keeper Brian Jensen.
If there was ever a text book example of ‘cheeky finish’ this was it. And it proved once and for all that Eduardo was as good as ever after his injury nightmare.8 Jun 2011