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Eduardo signs new deal at Arsenal

Arsenal striker Eduardo
Eduardo has scored three goals in 13 games this season

Arsenal striker Eduardo has signed a new long-term contract at the club.

"Eduardo is a special player with huge talent," manager Arsene Wenger said. "We're so happy he has committed his future to Arsenal."

The 26-year-old Brazil-born Croatian joined the Gunners in July 2007 and has scored 18 goals in 48 appearances.

He has been a regular in the squad this season following his recovery from a badly broken leg, which sidelined him for almost a year.

"Eduardo is a human being full of courage, bravery and commitment," Wenger added.

"His full recovery from this injury is a testament to Eduardo's character. We all look forward to enjoying Eduardo's performances in an Arsenal shirt for a long time to come."

Eduardo has scored three times in 13 games this season, often featuring as a substitute.

But with Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott all sidelined by injury, Eduardo could be set for a run in the side.

"I am very pleased to have signed a new long contract with the club," he said.

"I'm very happy and I hope to stay at Arsenal for as long as I can. This period is good for me now. I feel strong in my body and I feel ready to play 90 minutes every three days if it's needed."

Eduardo showed off his match sharpness by scoring two goals in Croatia's 5-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein on Saturday.

Gunner of the East

"I went to Croatia last week and everybody was telling me Arsenal play the best football in Europe at the moment," he said.

"I agree with that. We feel we are strong now this season and we're all going to give everything to win trophies."

Eduardo suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle after a tackle by Birmingham's Martin Taylor in February 2008.

One year later, he marked his return with two goals against Cardiff in the FA Cup.

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