Arsenal fans gave Eduardo da Silva a rousing welcome as he was paraded before their victory over Real Madrid yesterday.

He has not played since suffering a sickening leg break against Birmingham last season but is already targeting a first-team return before the end of the year.

He said: "I was in Brazil for my rehabilitation and for four months I have worked hard every day for six or seven hours.

"For me it is hard because I like playing and five, six, seven or eight months without playing is very hard for a player."

Asked when he would be match-fit, he told Sky Sports News: "I would like to play tomorrow but I don't know. Before Christmas maybe."