Wenger ready for 'final sprint'
Arsene Wenger says Eduardo and Theo Walcott's return from injury could prove 'decisive' for Arsenal.
Last Updated: 09/03/09 9:55am
Arsene Wenger feels Eduardo and Theo Walcott's return from injury could prove 'decisive' as Arsenal enter the business end of the season.
Eduardo and Walcott both featured in the Gunners' 3-0 FA Cup fifth round triumph over Burnley on Sunday, with the former netting a brilliant strike.
Croatia international Eduardo appears fully over the broken leg he sustained last year, while Walcott's comeback from a shoulder injury is a huge boost for Wenger.
Captain Cesc Fabregas is also nearing a return from a knee problem, and Wenger is hopeful his growing squad will benefit as they aim to close in on fourth in the Premier League whilst challenging in the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup.
"We are going into the final sprint. For us it is important to keep all our targets alive," said Gunners boss Wenger.
"We know every game demands a big performance because we cannot slip up. Slowly, we have all of our players coming back, and that can be decisive."
He added: "People judge always the instant situation. If you look now at the players who are still out - Fabregas, (Tomas) Rosicky and (Emmanuel) Adebayor - they can all contribute offensively a lot."
Of Eduardo's stunning volley against the Clarets, Wenger added: "It looked like a bit of a 'beach' goal - and he meant it, he sliced the ball.
"Eduardo is a surprising finisher and an intelligent player. His goal was instinct and shows you that finishing is all about what you do in a fraction of a second.
"I did not expect him to come back like that, and it is a tribute to his personality. He has never complained and that is a big example in our world."