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Eisfeld Signs for Fulham: Good Move for the Player and the Club

Eisfeld netting what proved to be his only goal at Arsenal colors

Over the years, Arsenal has garnered a reputation for brooding young talent that were afforded opportunities to show what they’re made of in the world stage. While some youngsters have managed to grab the bull by the horns, others have failed to make their mark in North London. Thomas Eisfeld, unfortunately, falls into the latter category.

At a time when Arsenal needed to bolster its attacking options following Gervinho’s departure for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, Arsene Wenger re-signed Thierry Henry on loan and bought a young German from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £420,000. At that point in time, he had netted six goals and created six assists for the Dortmund Under-19’s and great things were expected of him.

Wenger even had some sweet words for the lad when he sealed a move to North London,

“Thomas is a player we have liked for some time. We’ve watched him closely this season, where he has excelled for Dortmund’s youth team. 

He is young but has proven to us that he can play, that he has the attitude and technical ability to be a valuable addition to our squad. We’re very pleased to welcome him to the Club and look forward to his contribution in the coming seasons.”

With the vast array of attacking talent in Arsenal’s disposal, I had a hunch that Eisfeld might struggle to make his mark for the Gunners but I’d believed that the FA / League Cup would be the breeding grounds for the lad. As expected, Eisfeld didn’t make any appearance for the remainder of the 2011/12 season but he’d fathomed that his time to shine would arrive in the following campaign.

The start of the 2012/13 season saw the Gunners capture Santi Cazorla from cash-strapped Malaga and the diminutive Spaniard went on to have an amazing debut season with the club. With the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey always available to be selected when Santi Cazorla was to play at the wings, the chances for Eisfeld were few and far between but his moment arrived when the Gunners visited the Madejski Stadium to play Reading in that epic quarterfinal clash.

Eisfeld making his debut

The lad had a good debut and he controlled the game superbly as the Gunners went on to win 7-5. That turned out to be Eisfeld’s only contribution in the 2012/13 campaign but he finally started a game last season in the Capital One Cup penalty shootout victory over West Brom. In that game, he received a neat pass from Nicklas Bendtner and side-footed the ball with such clinical effectiveness.

After the game, Wenger likened Eisfeld to Robert Pires,

“He is a Pires type. He appears to be in the box without being noisy and appearing suddenly. When he is there, he finishes well. Thomas has that kind of quality that some midfielders have—not many. They have the timing to get in dangerous situations.”

After two and-a-half years frolicking in Arsenal’s Reserves, Eisfeld was approached by Fulham and after agreeing terms and passing his medical, he has switched his allegiances from the Emirates to Craven Cottage. The West Londoners were recently relegated and there has been an extensive upheaval in the summer. In his bid to return to the Premier League next season, Felix Magath has signed nine players already.

Eisfeld celebrating a goal against Fulham Under-21s last season. How ironic

Eisfeld shouldn’t expect that he’d walk straight into the Fulham team because he’s arriving from a prestigious club like Arsenal. However, a player with his skill sets can be beneficial to Fulham and he can play a role in their surge for a swift Premier League return next season.

Wenger is a known promoter and developer of young talents into superstars, and the fact that Eisfeld never got a sniff of first team football at AFC, despite the presence of many other attacking midfielders, just shows that maybe he doesn’t have the potential to ever become world class – Jandre RSA Bezuidenho

Notwithstanding, it was a good move for the player and the club.


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The Transfer Window Closes as Arsenal Adds Another “Thomas” to its Stockpile

The media Vultures swarmed round Arsenal and succeeded in torturing the Gooners for the best part of 31 days. While things weren’t going so well on the pitch, tales of countless players linked to the club made some faithful put their hopes for unjust causes.

Szczesny’s performance in goal was enough for the media Vultures to keep quiet in that position of the club. Last summer, Arsenal was linked to Pepe Reina, Gianluigi Buffon, Mark Schwarzer and so many other goalies. The defence was in shambles following the performances of Sebastien Squillaci et al coupled with a long term injury suffered by Thomas Vermaelen so names like Gary Cahill and Chris Samba stole the headlines.

The midfield had the highest number of players linked with high-profile names like Yann M’ Vila, Eden Hazard, Mario Gotze and much more. Lukas Podolski, Burat Yilmaz and Pato made fans drool a bit but it was not to be.

However, Arsene Wenger cleaned the dust off the club’s cobweb-stricken cheque to make a new acquisition. He’s certainly not the type that would make forget to brush your teeth even if the match wants to take place by 7.00am. He’s also not the type that will make Aaron Ramsey pee on his pants with the fear of him taking his place.

The rich yet miserly Arsenal board and Arsenal presents a new “Thomas” to the stockpile that already contains Thomas Vermaelen, Tomas Rosicky and Tomasz “@dkingpin” Agulanna:

Thomas Eisfeld

The young bloke is starting his Arsenal career with the jersey (Number 57) the club handed to Cesc Fabregas when he joined from Barcelona’s Mutant Academy. I’ve done some “homework” on the chap and I’ve found out that he scored six goals in 12 matches for the Dortmund U-19 team in this season. He’s also a versatile chap that represented Germany at various youth levels, even assuming the role of the U-15 captain at some point in his young career.

As expected, he ran out of superlatives regarding his move to Arsenal:

“It’s a real honour to be team mates with the great players at Arsenal, and also training everyday with players like Tomas Rosicky – who I grew up watching play at Dortmund. I will give it everything I have here and do my best to make the manager, players and fans happy.”

“I would also like to thank Borussia Dortmund, where I played for the last seven years, for everything they have done for me. I had a great time there, and there were many wonderful coaches who helped me get to where I am today.”

At least, he didn’t a fantasy tale like his compatriot Per Mertesacker:

“When I was young, I visited England with my auntie, as somebody who was football crazy, I simply had to come back with a shirt.’

“I can’t remember why, but I came back with an Arsenal shirt and my brother had a Manchester United one. This affinity has grown over more than 10 years and now the loop closes because I am delighted to finally get to play at a team I always supported and where I always wanted to appear eventually.”

Arsene Wenger  said that the club had “liked” the young chap for some time. He had been watched closely by the scouting team and the boss concluded that he has the attitude and technical ability to be a valuable addition to his team.

Arsenal Football Club is very pleased to welcome Thomas Eisfeld to the Club and look forward to his contribution in the coming seasons. He’ll be a good addition to the “Thomas” Stockpile of the club’s armoury.

For what its worth, the Thomas’ before him are very good technicians and are comfortable with the ball at their feet. Wenger’s description of the youngster shows that he’s in the same mold.

Jack Wilshere rose to glory as a 19-year old. I won’t be surprised if this 19-year old follows suit.


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