Eduardo: I can't replace Henry
Eduardo da Silva admits he will not be able to emulate Thierry Henry at Arsenal.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 27/07/07 6:45pm
Eduardo da Silva is looking to make a big impression in his first season at Arsenal, although he admits he will not be able to emulate Thierry Henry's achievements for the club.
Arsene Wenger moved quickly to bring in da Silva following Henry's departure to Barcelona, and the Brazilian-born Croatian has a superb goalscoring record in recent seasons.
However, the former Dinamo Zagreb forward knows it will not be easy to follow Henry and has warned the fans not to expect too much.
"I don't think anyone can fill Henry's boots. A player who does as much for Arsenal as Henry did will only come around once every 50 years," da Silva told the Arsenal Magazine.
"It will be impossible for me to do what he did. All I can hope to do is please the club, the coach and the fans."
Da Silva is confident he can have a good first season at Emirates Stadium as he insists he has always been a reliable team player.
Describing his style, he said: "I'm a player who runs a lot, is disciplined and who scores.
"I've played centre-forward but now play more on the left or right. I'm a team player and will always run back to mark.
"My style is closer to the Europeans - not like Robinho or one of these Brazilian players that like to dribble a lot.
"I'm a player that likes to do my bit, who the coach can tell what to do, and does it with speed and strength."
Da Silva accepts that it may take time to adjust to the Premier League but believes Wenger is the perfect mentor for a young player.
"English football is faster and more physical and the quicker I adapt, the better," he explained.
"Arsene Wenger is very good. People say he is the best coach in the world."