Eduardo keen to avoid Arsenal
Shakhtar striker reflects on time at Emirates
Last Updated: 10/08/10 9:39am
Shakhtar Donetsk striker Eduardo has admitted he would prefer not to face former club Arsenal in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
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."
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."