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Monday, March 9, 2009

Eduardo is back!

Eduardo was handed the captain's armband by Wenger on Sunday's winning return against Burnley. A year on the sidelines following a broken leg and fractured ankle would have been career ending for most players. But Eduardo is back, with a point to prove and a desire to catch up on lost time.

Wenger feels the 26-year-old, who had marked his return to competitive action with a brace in the last round against Cardiff, has come back mentally stronger from his experience.

"It looked like a bit of a 'beach' goal - and he meant it, he sliced the ball," said Wenger.

"Eduardo is a surprising finisher and an intelligent player. He has short back lift and understands what to do very quickly.

"Goalscorers are moving in the box when everyone else is standing still, he has that.

"I have never seen him do that before, his goal was instinct and shows you that finishing is all about what you do in a fraction of a second."

Wenger added: "I did not expect him to come back like that, and it is a tribute to his personality. He has never complained and that is a big example in our world."