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Arsenal’s very own Götze knocking on the first-team door
Arsenal may have failed in a bid to sign German international midfielder Mario Götze earlier this year, but they need look no further than their own youngsters for an alternative. And he’s knocking on the first-team door very loudly: it’s fellow German Thomas Eisfeld.
The 19-year-old was described by manager Arsène Wenger as composed, intelligent and mobile, while he is also good in the box and his passing is intelligent. Signed from Dortmund in the January transfer window earlier this year, the youngster has made a big impression so far both in training and competitive games, scoring goals for fun as well as portraying a maturity beyond his years.
As Eisfeld claims, he has always scored goals and made assists – his record for the Dortmund Under-19s says it all with six goals and six assists in 12 appearances last season. Having captained the Germany Under-15s, Eisfeld is very highly regarded, and is even viewed in the same class as current Dortmund star Götze. However, injury has hampered his progress along with too much competition in the Dortmund side.
Yet it’s the Arsenal reserves where the German has flourished, and when featuring for the first team in Arsenal’s tour of Asia last summer, he bagged two goals, “earning maximum points on this trip,” according to Wenger. When called upon in the Capital One Cup clash with Reading where Arsenal were losing 4-0 at one point, Eisfeld changed the game with a brilliant performance in the midfield, as Arsenal eventually won 7-5. A classic No 10, it’s ironic that if Eisfeld were to make the jump to the first team, he would replace 32-year-old Tomas Rosicky, his idol.
At the time of writing, Eisfeld had scored five goals in his last four games for the Arsenal Under-21s, impressing everyone in the Arsenal boot room. Wenger thinks Eisfeld will feature in the Premier League by the end of the season – the German certainly does as his performances are making a loud noise on Wenger’s door. If the Gunners boss is willing to give him a chance – over the inconsistent Aaron Ramsey, for example – then he may just have found his own Götze.
Posted by Arsenal fan Abhinav Kini
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