Which young Gunner does Wenger compare to Pires and a snake?

Thomas Eisfeld

A burgeoning Arsenal youth player has been likened to one of the club's all-time greats.

The manner in which Arsenal's latest academy graduate Thomas Eisfeld, 20, stealthily makes his way into the penalty box to make a nuisance of himself in front of goal is reminiscent of club legend and two-time Premier League winner Robert Pires, 39 and now retired. That is, according to manager Arsene Wenger, who furthermore compared both players to a snake.

'He is a Pires type,' said the Frenchman, who has masterminded 12 points out of a possible 15 to see the club at the top of the table. He continued, as reported by the club's official website: 'He appears to be in the box without being noisy and appearing suddenly. When he is there, he finishes well.'

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'He has that kind of quality that some midfielders have - not many. They have the timing to get in dangerous situations. When they have those dangerous situations, they are like snakes. They bite you to death because they don't miss their first touch.'

Eisfeld has performed well for the Under-21 side and, last season, returned nine goals.

'He's cool enough in front of goal and he finishes well.'

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