Arsenal have confirmed the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund.
News broke yesterday afternoon that the youngster was in London undertaking a medical and matters have moved very swiftly. It is thought believed that the German Youth international will cost in the region of £600,000 and has signed a 4 year deal.
Speaking about his move to the Emirates, Eisfeld told the Arsenal official website:
“I feel very proud to have signed for Arsenal. This is a great club, with many great players, and I’m so happy to be joining 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.”
Arsene Wenger, in that inimitable way of his, confirmed that the Gunners had been keeping a close eye on Eisfeld for some time, while also revealing that the original plan had been to swoop in the summer.
“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.
“He is a young prospect with good footballing talent,” continued the boss.
“He has the good ingredients that could allow him to integrate into the quality of our team – the basics are technique, good movement and skill. We believe that he has a chance to develop well here.
“How much first-team football he has depends on him. Basically we planned to get him at the end of the season but we got him a bit earlier because he was at the end of his contract. We will use this period for adaptation.”
…and you thought we weren’t going to sign anybody.
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