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)