Gunners star on the verge of exit

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Eduardo da Silva is set to leave Arsenal in favour of Shakhtar Donetsk, according to reports.

The Gunners frontman is believed to have undergone a medical at the Ukrainian club on Monday after penning a £6 million move.

The 27-year-old Croatian of Brazilian descent moved to the Emirates from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007 and quickly made an impact at his new club. But since recovering from a horrific broken leg he sustained in Ferbruary 2008, he has been unable to hold onto a first team place.

Any likelihood of him breaking into Arsene Wenger's starting lineup were dealt a blow when the Arsenal boss drafted in Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux, and reports in the Daily Mail say that Eduardo's move away from London is a done deal.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic is understood to have convinced the striker to opt for a move to the Donbass Arena, which provides him with the opportunity to link up with national team captain Darijo Srna.

"I spoke with Eduardo. He was very pleased with the move to Shakhtar. He is going to a strong league," Bilic said.

"This season they will once again play in the Champions League, have many difficult matches and this is excellent for the national team. 

"The captain of Shakhtar is Darijo Srna and in the team there are a lot of Brazilians - I have no doubt that Eduardo will quickly adapt to Donetsk."

Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu believes the deal for Eduardo represents an excellent piece of business.

"We wanted to buy Eduardo before he moved to Arsenal. Not everything went his way last season, but he is still a player of very high quality, a real marksman," he explained.

"Yes, he had a serious injury, we are aware of the risk, but at the same time we realise he can give a lot to Shakhtar. We expect a lot from Eduardo."

Eduardo had been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Besiktas, but it is understood that Donetsk was his preferred destination.


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