Thomas Eisfeld – The next big thing? by AH
You know when an opponent’s player comes on as a substitute and nobody’s every heard of him and all the fans shout: Who?! Who?!
Well, that’s what it was like for most Arsenal fans when we announced the signing of 19 year old Thomas Eisfeld.
In the past 10 years Arsenal have unleashed some absolute gems unto the premier league, most notably Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere and at the rate at which Thomas Eisfeld is making his way through the Arsenal levels, it seems he could be the next star to join up with the Gunners and by our youth star.
In January 2012, Arsene Wenger was slated for not bringing any players into an Arsenal team that badly needed strengthening and on the last day of the window – Transfer Deadline Day, Arsenal announced the signing of Thomas Eisfeld from German club Borussia Dortmund for a £500,000 fee.
Since then Eisfeld’s gone on to make numerous appearances for Arsenal reserves and he made his initial breakthrough into the Arsenal first team in our pre-season trip to Asia. Eisfeld scored twice on the pre-season tour, however understandably he was then dropped back to the Arsenal reserves despite his impressive performances.
Eisfeld was described by Arsène Wenger as having; “The attitude and technical ability to be a valuable addition to our squad”
Whilst he was also rated higher than current Borussia Dortmund star and Arsenal target Mario Gotze, however a cruciate ligament injure blighted his chance at Dortmund and therefore he decided to move on.
He made his first team competitive debut in Arsenal’s 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup, this Tuesday. His passing was magnificent and for me, Eisfeld and Giroud changed the game that we notably went 4-0 down in after only 36 minutes. Walcott obviously deserves some recognition for his goals, as do the other goal scorers, however football is a team game and I think Eisfeld played very well and he was up to the mark as soon as his chance come.
So, could we be looking at the next Arsenal gem to play for our team? I think so, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go out on loan in the January transfer window, and then return to Arsenal in the summer, with the same transition as Jack Wilshere experienced with then Premier League side Bolton Wanderers all those years ago.
Arsenal have a great crop of young players coming through (well we do every year) and I expect to see Eisfeld, Gnarby, Afobe (currently on loan), Miayachi, Miquel and possibly Martinez all training with the Arsenal first team on a regular basis next season.
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