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Eduardo - I won't celebrate

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Eduardo: Won't celebrate

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Former Arsenal striker Eduardo admits he is unlikely to celebrate if he scores for Shakhtar Donetsk at the Emirates Stadium.

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Eduardo brought a three-year spell at Arsenal to an end over the summer in order to join Shakhtar in search of greater first-team opportunities.

He returns to his former stamping ground on Tuesday evening when Shakhtar take on the Gunners in the UEFA Champions League.

The Croatia international, who netted 22 goals during his Arsenal career, is looking forward to facing his old club, but is not planning to celebrate if he scores for Shakhtar.

Respect

"I don't think I will celebrate," said Eduardo. "I respect the club.

"I had some great moments here and have respect for the supporters and Mr Wenger, for the club.

"I came from Croatia and learned a lot at Arsenal. Now I have more experience than before.

"When you play for Dinamo Zagreb and someone like Mr Wenger finds you, takes you to play in the Premier League, that is big respect. He believed in me.

"But now the most important thing is that now I am on the other side I will give all my best tomorrow.

"If I score, it will be good for Shakhtar. Hopefully we can finish with a positive result."

Great times

Eduardo, who fought back from a horrific broken leg and dislocated ankle suffered at Birmingham in February 2008, acknowledged it was tough to leave Arsenal.

He added: "It was great times here with Arsenal, but now I am on the other side and play for Shakhtar.

"Of course it was hard to leave. When you spend three years at a club you have great moments, then after that there were some problems with my injury.

"I am nearly 28 and I made a good decision to play for Shakhtar because they are a big club in Europe. This is life.

"The injury is passed, I don't like to talk about that. Now I am 100% fit, playing football again and am enjoying it."