Arsenal striker Eduardo wins work permit

The Gunners signed the Brazil-born Croatia striker from Dinamo Zagreb following the sale of captain Thierry Henry.

However, because he had not met the criteria of 75% of international appearances over the past two years, his application for a work permit went to an appeal.

With the formalities of the deal - understood to be worth £8million – the 24 year old is now free to continue his pre-season preparations with the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger had been "optimistic" of a successful appeal.

"In our first attempt they strictly applied the rule," he said at the weekend, when Arsenal won the Emirates Cup.

"Eduardo has played 50% of national team games for Croatia. I consider it a fantastic achievement at the age of 24 - and he played every single game in the last year."

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