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Arsenal could move for Dudu

Arsenal could move for Dudu

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by Tony Beaker

7th January 2014 7:45am GMT

  

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be tempted to move for Shakhtar Donetsk striker Eduardo da Silva after forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out for six months with a knee injury.

Walcott was stretchered off towards the end of the side’s FA Cup third round draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The player courted controversy as he left the field by gesturing the 2-0 scoreline with his hands to rival fans.

A statement on the club’s website read: “After coming off injured in Saturday's 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, the Club regrettably announces that Theo Walcott has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

"Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.”

With Olivier Giroud out of action due to illness the loss of Walcott for a lengthy period will greatly reduce manager Arsene Wenger’s options upfront, meaning might be forced to dip into the club’s funds for a replacement.

One option that could be considered is the return of da Silva – commonly known as Dudu - who played for the Gunners between 2007 and 2010. In that time he made 41 appearances for the club scoring eight goals. His time at the club though was disrupted in February 2008 when he broke his leg and dislocated his left ankle during the game against Birmingham City and was out for a year.

Da Silva then joined the Ukranian side in July 2010 and is coming towards the end of his four-year contract with Shakhtar.

The Croatia international, 30, has made his mark on the international stage, scoring 29 times in 61 games for his country, providing Wenger with some much needed firepower as his side currently top the Premier League.

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