Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva has been granted a work permit by the Bristish Home Officey.
The 24-year-old Brazilian-born Croatian international striker joined Arsenal from Dinamo Zagreb in July.
His application for a work permit went to an appeal because he had not played in 75% of Croatia’s matches over the past two years.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been “optimistic” of a positive outcome.
“In our first attempt they strictly applied the rule,” he said at the weekend.
“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.”