Eduardo is match fit but he may still miss out on an FA Cup starting place against Cardiff on Monday night, according to Arsene Wenger.
Given that the Bluebirds are from a lower division, I can fully understand Wenger’s caution about throwing Dudu into the mix, as defenders might not be as sharp and tackles may be more likely to be mistimed.
But with Emmanuel Adebayor crocked, Nicklas Bendtner unable to perform for 90 minutes and Le Gaffer seemingly unable to select Carlos Vela, surely Eduardo gains a starting place on merit.
And let’s not forget that Robin van Persie and Bendtner couldn’t crack the Cardiff defence in the first tie, so why not give Dudu the home comeback all of us Gooners have been waiting so patiently for?
More to the point, if we’re serious about winning the FA Cup, let’s play the one player who we know is capable of scoring if he only gets one chance in a game...
I’ve written here before that I beileve Arsenal would have won the Premier League and probably have progressed further in the Champions League had it not been for the horrific injury to Eduardo.
This season’s problems are well documented, but our Crozilian hitman could be our talisman to turn the Gunners’ fortunes around and help the team back into a top four position.
I have to confess that I’m probably Dudu’s biggest fan and was as gutted as anyone that his season ended just as he was beginning to adjust to the pace of the English game a year ago.
The way in which he has approached his often painful rehabilitation is a lesson to all and his determination to recover from an injury which would have many of us ordinary mortals struggling to even walk, is nothing short of remarkable.
However, Le Boss has hinted that he may resist the temptation to use Eduardo on Monday.
“I don’t want to promise anything,” says Wenger. “I want the freedom to pick the team I want to pick.”
Fair enough Arsene, but if you can show me a player who is more determined to pull on the Arsenal strip than Eduardo, I’d be astonished.
Personally I reckon that Wenger is playing mind games ahead of Monday’s game and that the return of Eduardo will prompt one of the greatest atmosphere’s at our new stadium yet.
Is he the saviour of Arsenal’s season? I, for one, think he could well be.