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Arsene Wenger believes Eduardo da Silva will be a big hit in the Premier League.

"I would not be scared to throw Eduardo in from the start. He has settled in very well."

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The Brazil-born Croatia international is hoping to make his debut for the Gunners against Fulham on Sunday.

The 24-year-old, currently troubled by an ankle injury, got his first goal for Arsenal during the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament and comes into the English game as the record scorer in the Croatian league.

Wenger has stressed the £7million signing from Dinamo Zagreb is not a direct replacement for Thierry Henry.

However, the Arsenal boss is more than happy with the attributes Eduardo adds to his squad.


"I would not be scared to throw Eduardo in from the start," Wenger said.

"He has settled in very well.

"Eduardo is a fighter, he can score goals, he is quick, he is a team player so you are never scared to put these players in."

Wenger added: "You know how big the pressure is on a striker - when he does not score for a while, they say 'What is he doing?' or 'Has he the level to be in there?'

"I remember answering the question for Thierry Henry. 'Okay, he created chances but do you think he can score goals?' - and he scored a few.

"So it is very important to score, but not for me, it is more to have a certain peace from outside."

Wenger is confident his squad can emerge from the shadow of record goalscorer Henry.

He said: "You have to accept that the team will be different, you cannot compare any individual.

"We have had a few good strikers at Arsenal and no-one scored as many goals as Thierry Henry so you cannot put that kind of pressure on anybody.

"The only thing I can say is that we have a strong belief, a great desire for success.

"We have a great togetherness and we are very hungry - and the fact that everyone doubts about us reinforces that."