Arsene Wenger and the German press praise the young Eisfeld. But is he up to the test?
Arsenal FC goalkeeper legend Jens Lehmann is pleased with the early-season success by his former team. However he preaches caution too: “[…] this is only a snapshot in time. The guys have to show, if they are capable of keeping up this level over the next month“, Lehmann said on sky.
To keep up with this level, it could help to have some young, dynamic and hungry players on the team, especially Thomas Eisfeld.
Stepping onto the field two days ago as a full time starter for the first time in his professional career in Arsenal’s 3-4 penalty win over West Bromwich Albion Thomas Eisfeld showed great potential.
The German press thinks that Eisfeld, who was hardly known in his home country three days ago, has already made his breakthrough with this game.
Newspaper Die Welt wrote: "Now Eisfeld will certainly not wait again eleven months for his next professional call. His strengths are especially good technique and mobility. Now maybe he can provide more proof."
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who was born in Finsterwalde a little town in the east part of Germany, has still a lot to prove.
But this doesn’t hold Arsene Wenger back with his appreciation for the midfielder, who went from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal FC for a paltry sum.
“Thomas has that kind of quality that some midfielders have - not many. They have the timing to get in dangerous situations.”
And Wenger added: “When they have those dangerous situations, they are like snakes. They bite you to death because they don't miss their first touch. He is cool enough in front of goal and he finishes well.”
But what could possible go wrong when your manager and the German press have got your back?
What do you think? Does Thomas Eisfeld have a legitimate chance to shine in Arsenal's game against Swansea City on Saturday?
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