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Eduardo: Henry hard to follow

04 Jul 2007 - 08:01:28

New Arsenal signing Eduardo da Silva is keen to make his own impact rather than trying to fill the boots of Thierry Henry.

The Brazilian-born Croatia international agreed a four-year contract with the Gunners after leaving Dinamo Zagreb for a fee believed to be around the £8million mark at the beginning of the week.

But the 24-year-old doesn't want to be seen as a direct replacement for club-record scorer Henry, who joined Barcelona for £16.5million last month.

"Thierry Henry is one of the best attacking players in the world. He left his mark here, scored many goals and proved himself," he told the club's official website.

"I am arriving now but when I step on the pitch I want to do the best I can for myself, for Arsenal and also for the fans.

"I admired him. He is an all-around player - strong, quick and technically very good, headers, everything.

"I can see no faults in him as a player. I want to work towards that but I'll need to work hard."

Eduardo scored the first competitive goal at the Emirates Stadium when the Gunners faced Dinamo during the qualifying rounds for last season's Champions League and believes his style of play is well suited to his new club.

"For any football player, it is an honour to play for Arsenal," he added.

"I was lucky it was me that they chose to sign, so I hope to fulfil their expectations.

"Arsenal play with the ball on the floor, it is all about passing the ball rather than playing long balls forward. That is why I should fit in well."

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