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Da Silva gets Arsenal work permit and celebrates with goal

2 August 2007 19:09

LONDON (AFP) - Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva celebrated the granting of his work permit on Thursday by scoring in Arsenal's 2-1 friendly win over Lazio in Amsterdam.

Da Silva, 24, was signed from Dinamo Zagreb for eight million pounds last month, but Arsenal's work permit application was initially rejected because he had not played in 75 percent of his country's internationals in the last two years.

Although the Brazil-born player featured during Arsenal's pre-season trip to Austria, he was not allowed to play in England until being cleared by the British Home Office.

Now Arsenal's appeal has been successful, da Silva is set to make his Premiership debut against Fulham on August 12.

In Amsterdam, Nicklas Bendtner put Arsene Wenger's side ahead in the 19th minute but Lazio were level just before the break when Goran Pandev pounced onto a slip from da Silva.

However, soon after the restart, the Croatian was left unmarked when Tomas Rosicky's corner found him at the far post and he headed home for the winner.

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