Arsenal boss Wenger backs Eduardo to tackle his demons at Birmingham

26 March 2010 01:06
Return: Eduardo is set to face Birmingham for the first time since suffering a broken leg at St Andrews

Arsene Wenger insists Eduardo can overcome any fears the Arsenal striker may have about returning to Birmingham for the first time since suffering a horrific injury at St Andrews.

The Croatia international was sidelined for the best part of a year after being left with a broken leg and dislocated ankle following an X-rated challenge by Blues defender Martin Taylor in February 2008.

Eduardo has returned this season after lengthy treatment and and scored six goals having been mostly used as a substitute by Wenger.

The Gunners boss accepts Saturday's clash against Birmingham may bring back some painful memories for the 27-year-old but backed the Brazil-born forward to deliver the perfect response.

'I have not spoken to him yet about that, but it will certainly have a weight in his mind,' the Arsenal manager said.

'That is part of a career as well, to show you have that mental strength to deal with those kind of situations and Eduardo has a lot of mental strength - he can deal with that.

'Overall we want him to come back there and just win our game. That is the only way you can deal with that situation.'

The title challenge of Wenger's young side never really recovered from the events at St Andrew's, where Birmingham secured a 2-2 draw with a controversial last-minute penalty and then captain William Gallas broke down as emotions ran high.

Horror tackle: Martin Taylor's clumsy challenge left Eduardo sidelined for a year

However Wenger feels the way his players have responded to the loss of Aaron Ramsey to a broken leg by going on to win at Stoke is testament to their character.

'We did not deal well with that particular incident on the day, with the situation we faced,' Wenger said. 'But, since then, exactly the same happened at Stoke, and we responded in a very strong manner.

'I do not think on that particular day we lost the championship. There were much more heavier ingredients, like some players not completely focused, and afterwards we had players who were at the end of contracts.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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