On behalf of the Gooner Forum, our thoughts and prayers are with our young player Eduardo Da Silva, who today suffered a horrific injury by the hands of Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor.
As of yet, no official news has been released of the extent of his injury, but when looking at pictures and videos, I can say that it’s safe to assume that his chances for the rest of the season and Euro 2008 are finished. Doctors have yet to decide whether surgery is needed.
If his injuries are as serious as the ones Newcastle United’s Alan Smith received then it is unlikely he will appear for Arsenal until 2009-10. And Alan Smith was never the same after that injury.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was furious in his post match interview, asking for Martin Taylor to be “banned for life”.
Blue’s boss Alex McLeish insisted that there was no intent of injury from Martin Taylor, who was “distraught” by the tackle.
‘Martin’s distraught about the lad’s injury.’ ‘It’s certainly not in Martin Taylor’s make-up at all to commit a malicious tackle.’
Arsenal boss Wenger, thought otherwise.
‘This guy should never play football again,’ he fumed. ‘What is he doing on the football pitch? ‘I’ve gone along with the idea for a long time that to stop Arsenal, you have to kick Arsenal. I knew that was coming for a long time now.’
Of Eduardo’s injury, Wenger added on Sky Sports: ‘His injury is very, very bad. ‘More than the season is over.’
From my point of view, I don’t think that there was any intent in the tackle but it was nonetheless a reckless and needless tackle. All credit to Eduardo, who didn’t shy out of it.
There is likely to be a lot of controversy about this. Personally, taking Taylor to the court and going through all that hassle is needless, it won’t bring Eduardo back from injury. I am all for a lengthy ban but the final decision, in my opinion, should be left down to the player.
However, injuries like these are becoming more and more frequent. Football is a physical game and every player who plays it should know the risks. However, there has to be line set. Eduardo may be limping for the rest of his life.
Why do players feel the need to go into two footed tackles, or with their studs up? Bad training? This is an issue the F.A need to investigate to prevent from happening again.
We have to think about Eduardo’s future at the club as well. He is still a young player, and showed a lot of potential this season. Many had big hopes for him next season, but this injury may set him back to square one all over again. We currently have two fit strikers, three when all are fit. If he is set to be injured next season, a replacement has to be bought, and with Robin constantly injured and Bendtner and Ade not looking like a good partnership, the signs aren’t very good.
Reyes was a different player after he was bullied out of the United game all those years ago, and Alan Smith does not look like the same player after his injury.
We just have to hope for the best, let’s hope he does an Abou Diaby and comes back from this horrific injury, raring to go and bagging in the goals. From what I’ve seen, he’s a tough little lad.
bOG a Croatian user of The Gooner Forum, had the following to say
I’m a Croat.
And this is a sad day for my country.
Dudu didn’t just represent a great footballer and a humble guy in this world of materialistic and money crazed sport, but a real shot of international friendship of nations.
He is a Brazilian,Croatian and a Gooner.
For him to represent us on Euros is beyond Croatia, Brazil and Arsenal.
It is to represent talent with no label.
But he will come back, as a pheonix. As all that wear croatian checkers.”
The following are pictures of his injury, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
Though the tackle did not look intentional, Martin Taylor did not look too “distraught”
Again, I would like to wish Eduardo Da Silva a speedy recovery on behalf of The Gooner Forum and Arsenal fans everywhere.
Video Link (For those of you who can stomach it)
Eduardo undergoes surgery (Arsenal.com)
Eduardo underwent surgery in hospital on Saturday and is currently resting. The Croatian striker sustained a broken leg in the 2-2 draw with Birmingham earlier in the day.
Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to wish him a speedy recovery.