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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2007, 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK
Striker Da Silva gets work permit
Eduardo da Silva
Da Silva scored against England for Croatia
Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva has been granted a work permit by the Home Office following a hearing on Thursday.

The Gunners signed the 24-year-old Brazilian-born Croatian international striker from Dinamo Zagreb in July.

His application for a work permit went to an appeal because he had not met the criteria of 75% of international appearances over the past two years.

But Thursday's appeal proved successful and he celebrated by scoring the winner in a 2-1 friendly win over Lazio.

Niklas Bendtner netted the opener at the Amsterdam Arena before Goran Pandev's equaliser for the Italians.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, admitted he had been "optimistic" of a positive outcome on Da Silva's appeal.

"In our first attempt they strictly applied the rule," he said at the weekend.

"Eduardo has played 50% of national team games for Croatia. I consider it a fantastic achievement at the age of 24 - and he played every single game in the last year."

The 24-year-old, who is thought to have cost Arsenal 8m, moved to Europe at the age of 15, and took Croatian nationality in 2002.

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