by Lewis Ambrose
Former Arsenal striker Eduardo has returned to former club Shakhtar Donetsk following a spell in his native Brazil.
The Croatian international signed for Arsenal in 2007 following the departure of Thierry Henry, but never returned to top form following a leg breaking challenge from Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor just more than halfway through his first Arsenal season.
The striker did eventually return to full fitness, but no longer looked as sharp as he was before the injury. After 20 goals in 67 appearances he left London to join Shakhtar Donetsk. Scoring 36 goals in 114 games, the striker was still not back to his best but did manage to play regular football.
Eduardo won four league titles and three cups during his first spell with the Ukranian giants before signing for Flamengo in the summer of 2014 but failed to make much of an impact, scoring just 10 goals in 27 games.
Having sold Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano to Bayern Munich and AC Milan respectively, Shakhtar will now hope that Eduardo – now 32 – can use his abilities to replace some of the goals and creativity of those departing stars.
We wish Eduardo all the success possible upon his return to Donetsk. Maybe we will even see him in the Champions League again.