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MATCH SPY: Eduardo is the comeback hero as Arsenal sink Cardiff

PUBLISHED: 10:03 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:56 07 September 2010

Arsenal 4-0 Cardiff City FA Cup 4th Round Replay Emirates Stadium Monday 16 February Att: 57,237 Arsenal comeback hero Eduardo scored twice to set up a fifth round home tie with Burnley – and immediately described it as the best day of my life . The Cro

Arsenal 4-0 Cardiff City

FA Cup 4th Round Replay

Emirates Stadium

Monday 16 February

Att: 57,237

Arsenal comeback hero Eduardo scored twice to set up a fifth round home tie with Burnley - and immediately described it as "the best day of my life".

The Croatia forward started his first game for the Gunners since breaking his leg at Birmingham 51 weeks ago, playing 67 minutes before making way for leading scorer Robin van Persie, who completed the rout with a late fourth.

"It was a special moment to score, very emotional," said the Brazilian-born striker, who headed Arsenal into a first half lead and added a second after the interval from the spot, after he was upended in the penalty box.

"I celebrated by kissing my wedding ring - because my wife and daughter and family supported me right through this."

Nicklas Bendtner netted the second as Arsenal dominated their Championship opponents - but the night was Eduardo's who was cheered throughout by the Emirates crowd.

"Everybody is very happy for him," said his manager, Arsene Wenger.

"This is the kind of game we love to play, it was good to see the team play with the handbrake off.

"He (Eduardo) played a big part in that, and I'm very pleased for him.

"He's been extremely strong mentally. I've never seen one minute of doubt in his mind, not one minute where he said 'I don't want to do this'

"He is always wanting more. This guy is small but he has the mental strength of a mountain."

Cardiff boss Dave Jones, however, was furious with his side's performance. "I'm glad it's over because we didn't do ourselves any justice," he moaned.


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