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Lyon Gearing Up to Sign Arsenal Striker Eduardo

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Eduardo of Arsenal warms up during an Arsenal training session at London Colney on November 23, 2009 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Robin SAnalyst IApril 12, 2010

Arsenal striker Eduardo has been struggling since his return from the horrific injury that he suffered against Birmingham City and now it's being reported that French Giants Olympique Lyon are preparing a bid to sign the Croatian striker in the summer.

There won't be too many complaints regarding this deal. If Lyon offers a substantial bid, Arsene Wenger will be forced to accept it considering the current form of Eduardo.

The most worrying factor with Eduardo's recent performance is his loss of pace. His confidence and composure are gone and now it seems like a formality before a transfer happens even if it's not to Lyon.

Injury to Robin Van Persie gave Eduardo a chance to make a mark on Wenger's good back, but he failed miserably and his niggling injuries haven't helped either.

Later, the resurgent Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner further pushed Eduardo down the pecking order and now the Croatian hardly gets a start.

With Theo Walcott finally living up to his promise and Van Persie set to return in the near future, Eduardo's career at Arsenal is certainly going to end.

Furthermore, the rumored Arsenal signing Chamakh isn't going to make the situation any better for Eduardo, so it's all but sure that the Croatian striker will find himself in a different club next season.

The fans too will appreciate his departure considering the growing disfavor towards him.

Anything in the range of £7m- £8m will be enough to convince Wenger, but there could yet be another twist in the tale.

Wenger is badly in need of a new net-minder and one of the hottest young goalkeepers in world football, Hugo Lloris, plays for Lyon. So, a cash plus Eduardo offer could be a possibility, but only if Lyon agrees to that, which looks a distant possibility.

That said, Eduardo for sure will join the likes of Silvestre, Eboue, Gallas, and Senderos who are on their way out.

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