Thomas Eisfeld signed from Dortmund last season at a time when people were hoping the club would make something of a splash in the January transfer window.
The young German may not have been the star people wanted but he’s making progress, outlined by his presence on the pre-season tour of Asia during which he scored twice. And Eisfeld says it’s something that has always been part of his game.
“I’ve always scored a lot of goals and made a lot of assists,” he told this month’s edition of the Arsenal Magazine. “I think that’s important in my position to be able to do that.
“My favourite position is the number 10 role, so attacking midfeld. I don’t mind the wings either. Since I’ve been at Arsenal I’ve learned how to play the ball quicker and pass and move with more effectiveness.
“Pre-season was really nice and gave me a real confidence boost. I’m really happy with how it went.”
While Dortmund, as a club, have a very healthy focus on young players, Eisfeld says he couldn’t ignore the lure of Arsenal.
“The chance was there to progress at Dortmund,” he said, “but I moved to Arsenal because it was my dream. Arsene Wenger is a manager who gives youth a chance and helps them to develop their game.
“I believe I can progress to the top faster here.”
Thomas may have a chance in the Capital One Cup tomorrow, although with the number of first team players who need an outing he may have to settle for a place on the bench.
His eye for goal might just keep him to the forefront of the manager’s mind, giving him another opportunity to show he’s as cool as Eis.
You can read the full interview with Thomas Eisfeld in the October issue of the Official Arsenal Magazine. out now priced at £3.25. Visit here or call 0845 301 7626 (+44 845 301 7626) to subscribe.