Eduardo insists he is the man to fill Robin van Persie's boots as Arsenal's chief goal threat

By Sportsmail Reporter

Arsenal's Eduardo controls the ball during the match against Wolves

Time to shine: Eduardo is ready to fill Robin van Persie's boots as Arsenal's main striker

Arsenal striker Eduardo has revealed he is fit and ready to take the responsibility of replacing injured star striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman faces at least six weeks on the sidelines after damaging ankle ligaments while in action for his country, a serious setback for a side who were flourishing with Van Persie at the apex of a 4-3-3 system.

The setback has has opened the door for Eduardo, a player who knows what it feels like to spend long spells on the treatment table himself. Since arriving for £7.5million in July 2007, the 26-year-old has started just 30 games due chiefly to a horrific leg break suffered against Birmingham 21 months ago.

But the Croatia hotshot is now ready to repay the faith shown in him by manager Arsene Wenger during his long periods out of action.

Eduardo said: 'I'm feeling good. At the beginning of the season I had a few injury niggles but I am OK now and ready to help the team rise to the top of the table, as well as progress in the Champions League.'

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'We are doing very well at the moment and I hope we can produce a big surprise this year.

'The boss knows our qualities and how they can fit into a formation. For me it is fine to play on the left or the right, no problem, the most important thing is to help the team and I feel good in those positions.

'It is a formation that gives us more movement and more creativity through the middle, although it is not easy because we have to balance defence and attack and that can be difficult.'