Arsenal let Eisfeld leave at the right time


Picture: Sportbild

Picture: Sportbild

A few eyebrows were raised when he was left out of the squad to face Boreham Wood on Saturday, and now the reason for Thomas Eisfeld’s omission against the Conference South side has become clear- he has signed for Fulham on a permanent basis.

The 21 year old joined from Borussia Dortmund late in the January 2012 transfer window with a reputation for goalscoring and being injury prone. Thankfully the latter characteristic didn’t affect his time at Arsenal too much, but the German was a regular on the scoresheet, especially during his first couple of campaigns at the club.

Available to operate in various midfield and attacking positions, he impressed during the first-team’s pre-season tours of Asia in 2012 and 2013 and also featured in the League Cup, scoring against West Bromwich Albion last season. For all his prowess in front of goal, however, there is certainly something lacking in Eisfeld’s game at present. He is not the most mobile player, and, despite his technical ability, he struggles to be a regular influence in matches, often remaining anonymous for long periods.

One of his highlights of last season was his dramatic goal to secure victory over Fulham in the U21 Premier League Cup on a cold January evening. He will now be a regular visitor to Motspur Park and will be hopeful of featuring for the first-team at Craven Cottage under Felix Magath.

It was a little surprising that Eisfeld didn’t go out on loan at some point last season, but, with just a year remaining on his contract at the club, this was the right time for Arsenal to let him go and continue his development elsewhere.

Thomas Eisfeld- Arsenal statistics (competitive fixtures only):

First-team- 2 apps (1 goal)

U21- 42 apps (15 goals)

U19- 7 apps (1 goal)

3 comments

  1. Conspiracy theory number 1

    Eisfeld had been wearing #45 in training, last week a well known source (for all the wrong reasons) claimed that balotelli had been handed his favourite number and will be wearing it this season for arsenal. Cost £15.8m

  2. Should’ve scrapped the fee and somehow secured Patrick roberts or at least got first refusal on him though I suppose that would’ve been difficult to pull off and wouldn’t have liked to potentially begrudge eisfeld a move to the club of his choice (which is also a great place to develop). Best of luck to him. Much like the rest of his age group has a great attitude. If he could get involved in general play with more consistency he’ll hopefully have a great career to look forward to.

  3. wishin him success ahead, luv him for his awarenes in front of goal. i wish & hope arsenal add a buy back clause in his contract so that if he gets better we can get a chance 2 bring him back wit less stress or get extra cash like that of carlos vela

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