By Avenell Dave
It's been clear for sometime that Eduardo's time at Arsenal was over.
Not content with shattering his ankle, Eduardo's spirit was severely tested by cheat accusations following the penalty decision against Celtic last season.
He never looked capable of recovering from that wholly unreasonable character assassination and neither did Arsene Wenger, who always resisted playing him when he had the chance last season.
As Arseblog points out today, Eduardo's form before his assault at Birmingham was impressive.
He had eased his way into the side and was scoring goals with a healthy frequency after getting used to English football. Martin Taylor put paid to that.
The Daily M#*l has a typically anti Arsenal rant about Arsene Wenger's attacking failures today.
It points to Chris Wreh, Davor Suker, Francis Jeffers, Jeremie Aliadiere, Jose Reyes, Julio Baptista and now Eduardo as strikers who have flopped trying to fill the fox in the box role that Wenger has sought for some time.
That may be so, but he inherited possibly the best finisher Arsenal have ever had, Ian Wright, and replaced him with Nic Anelka and then Theirry Henry - two fairly decent strikers I think you'd agree.
Eduardo was essentially Titi's replacement and I think we've got a big hole that still needs filling in the forward line.
He was a great player and could have been a world beater for us if he had enjoyed an injury free career in North London.
Strikers are worth their weight in gold and given the way we're looking for bargains and free transfers, I fear money is too tight to spend on the type of forward we need.
Last season we scored a hell of a lot of goals early on, then RvP and Nick Bendtner got injured and we couldn't cope.
Wenger will point to Carlos Vela being injured and having Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin and attacking options to supplement new signing Maroune Chamakh which, if they all stay fit and play to their potential, could be fearsome.
But injuries do occur, Chamakh has never been prolific and Theo still has to convince that he should and could lead the line.
Arsenal, at their most devastating, attack with pace and that requires a single-minded finisher with speed and power.
There's no point us talking about signing players such as Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguerro - they're out of our price bracket.
But I do hope that Wenger doesn't believe Carlos Vela can step up as a main striker.
Benik Afobe is thought to be a great prospect but he is so young. January should see 18-year old Brazilian goal machine Wellington arrive at the club, but that doesn't do us any good at the moment.
We were a striker down when Adebay-whore left last summer and we're still one short now Dudu has gone.
I hope le Boss has someone up his sleeve who can fulfil the empty striking berth and end the No. 9 hoodoo that has hindered much of Wenger's reign.
By Avenell Dave