The saying is that putting the ball in the net is the hardest thing in football. The players who can score with ease come very rarely and if they do exist they change hands for lots and lots of money.
Arsenal used to have one player who could do this, unfortunately we only got a short glimpse of what Eduardo de Silva could do. In all fairness Arsenal are still looking for his replacement. I still maintain that if it wasn’t for one bad day at Birmingham we would have had one of the worlds best strikers. What is sweeter is that he was relatively unknown and relatively cheap for a striker.
When we signed ‘Dudu’ I still remember thinking about how interesting a signing he was. I actually wanted us to replace Henry with Torres, but wasn’t unhappy at all with Eduardo as a signing. His goal record for Arsenal was nothing outstanding largely because of the major injury he suffered in the first season, but we all saw his potential. This was an injury which killed his career and was the first time Birmingham changed the course of history for Arsenal Football Club.
Although it is all now about if’s but’s and maybe’s, would Arsenal have won the game at St Andrews on the 23rd of February 2008? If you think YES then we probably would have gone on to win the league that season. Who knows we may have kept Nasri, Fabregas and RVP at the club and gone on to develop a great side who could have challenged on all fronts. We probably would have had a plan B, especially against sides like Birmingham who we could not break down in the League Cup final. Birmingham is a jinx side for us, for this reason I hope they do not get promoted any time soon.
Yes these are all if’s and maybe’s but I really feel the world was denied the chance to see another diamond the Wenger picked out the ruff. I strongly feel our progress as a club took a massive blow that took another 6 years to repair. Only now we have got back into a position to challenge for trophies.
Eduardo de Silva will always be remembered at Arsenal, firstly because he scored the first European goal at the Emirates stadium. Secondly because he broke his leg in such as bad and thirdly because he became a sort of cult hero at the club.
I hate to blame bad luck, but I think we have been dealt a bad blow on this one. Come You Gooners.