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Friday, April 30, 2010
Eduardo master of his own future at Arsenal

Soccernet staff

Eduardo will be left to decide his own future at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger all but confirmed he'll be facing competition from Marouane Chamakh in addition to Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner for the lone striker role next season.

Wenger said Eduardo remains "very important" to Arsenal but will open talks with the Croatian as to whether he will stay at the club at the risk of missing out on first team football.

Eduardo managed six goals from 31 appearances this season, although he started just over half of those matches. Given the amount of injuries in Arsenal's squad this term and the impending arrival of another striker in Chamakh, Eduardo's involvement could be even less next season.

Eduardo suffered a career-threatening broken ankle in 2008 but has now fully recovered from the injury and, at 27, will likely be keen to get more time on the pitch as he enters the peak years of his career.

Wenger, who has ruled out a loan spell, said: "Eduardo is very important, but I will assess that situation and sit down with him before the end of the season, to see how he feels. He is 27 years old, and wants to play, but we extended his contract because we believe in him. In the last month, he looked sharp to me in training. He was a bit disturbed [by the injury], but I think next season should be better for him.''

Wenger confirmed he will reveal one signing before the World Cup, which is likely to be Chamakh since the Bordeaux striker will become a free agent at the end of the season. He said further reinforcements will be made as quickly as possible to ensure they have time to learn Arsenal's system of play.

"I will try to do what I want to do as quickly as possible, but it does not only depend on me,'' Wenger said. "Certainly, we will announce one player before the World Cup, but after that we will see.''

William Gallas, Sol Campbell and Mikael Silvestre will all see their deals finish at the end of the season, so Wenger may well look to bolster his defence, with Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland a potential target. Wenger, however, maintains his playing staff does not need major surgery.

"I believe in the squad I have and if I can make an addition to the squad - two or three maximum - then we will do it.''

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