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Eduardo keen to avoid Arsenal

Shakhtar striker reflects on time at Emirates

Last Updated: 10/08/10 9:39am

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Shakhtar Donetsk striker Eduardo has admitted he would prefer not to face former club Arsenal in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

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Eduardo ended a three-year association with the Gunners last month when he made the move to Ukraine for a reported fee of £6million.

He believes it is the right stage in his career to embark on a new challenge, having not been a regular starter at Emirates Stadium since his recovery from a broken leg.

The Croatian is excited about once again playing in Europe's premier club competition but recognises that it would be a tough draw for Shakhtar against Arsenal.

"I think this is good for me because I need to play," he told Sky Sports News.

"I look forward to play in the Champions League. I don't want to play against Arsenal."

Difficult

Eduardo admits it was difficult to leave Arsenal after settling well into English life and forging a good relationship with the fans.

"Of course. I have been there for three years and the supporters like me and I liked the supporters," he said.

"Everyone at the club was great with me and I have a lot of friends there, but that is life."

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