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Thursday, January 3, 2008
Settled Eduardo promises goals for Gunners

Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva is starting to feel at home at Arsenal and has declared there are plenty more goals to come from him this season.

The Brazilian-born forward has taken some time to settle into life in England following his 8million summer move from Dinamo Zagreb, which came after the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona.

However, Eduardo made it five goals in his last three appearances with a cool finish inside 70 seconds to set Arsenal on their way to a victory over West Ham on New Year's Day which kept the Gunners top of the Barclays Premier League.

Eduardo - whose international goals helped take Croatia to Euro 2008 ahead of England - is confident his form will continue to improve.

'It was really important to score my first goals in the Premier League. It meant a lot and now I think everything will get better and come more easily - there will be more to follow,' said the 24-year-old, who netted a double in the impressive 4-1 win at Everton last weekend.

'Once a chance comes to you then all there is to do is to be calm and focus on scoring - it sounds simple, but that is all.'

Eduardo added: 'I know how Arsenal works - bringing players in and giving them time to blend into their surroundings.

'I feel stronger now, I feel better and more comfortable playing here.

'It is a very demanding league, the most demanding in the world, but I am okay, I understand that it takes different players different amounts of time to adapt, but I do feel I'm getting there.'

Despite their continued good form, Eduardo maintains no-one at Arsenal is getting carried away with talk of the title just yet.

He said: 'Obviously it is very good to be winning at this time of year, it's an important period, but we know there is a lot of the Premier League yet to be played, and ups and downs are inevitable.'

Arsenal take a break from league action this weekend when they travel to Coca-Cola Championship side Burnley for a third-round FA Cup tie.

Young Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner will be available again following suspension, and so is in line to partner Eduardo in attack should Emmanuel Adebayor be given a well-deserved break.

Sunday will be the last match before Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song head off to the African Nations Cup, which could see the trio away for a month.

Wenger indicated he would put out a strong side at Turf Moor in a match which will be shown live on the BBC, with one eye also on keeping his youngsters fresh for the Carling Cup semi-final clash with north-London rivals Tottenham.

The Arsenal manager said: 'Kolo and Eboue can still play on Sunday. Guys like [Bacary] Sagna will play, maybe I will rest [William] Gallas and [Gael] Clichy, but [Jens] Lehmann might play. I do not know yet.'

Wenger added: 'However, I have decided that it will be the first team that plays at Burnley on Sunday, because we play again three days later in the Carling Cup.'

Borussia Dortmund have called a press conference for tomorrow, fuelling speculation goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could be returning to Germany.

Arsenal insist the veteran remains a player with the Premier League leaders until an announcement is made to state otherwise.

Meanwhile, young forward Jay Simpson has extended his loan period with Millwall until the end of the season.




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