Eduardo’s excellent link-up play against Bolton key to Arsenal victory

January 17, 2010

It’s often been said that Eduardo da Silva is purely a goalscorer – the insinuation being that he’s lacking technically in other areas. In recent weeks, Arsene Wenger has deployed Andrei Arshavin as the lone striker, with Eduardo on the left-hand side, but against Bolton Eduardo played through the middle as a lone central striker, and he took to the role brilliantly.

But far from being limited to finishing, Eduardo proved today that his all-round game is up to scratch, as this Chalkboard demonstrates.

Indeed, the one ‘unsuccessful’ (red) pass he attempted in the whole game was deflected into the path of Fran Merida, who scored Arsenal’s second, which will be credited elsewhere as an assist.

So that’s 22 passes, 20 of which found the intended target and kept the Arsenal attack going, and 2 of which directly resulted in goals.

Apparently Jamie Redknapp said tonight that “Arsenal are carrying Eduardo” (I didn’t hear this myself, I didn’t bother staying tuned for Jamie’s ‘analysis’) – it would be interesting to see him try and defend those comments in light of these statistics.

by Guardian Chalkboards

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