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Thomas Eisfeld on 'cheerleader' teammate and how Wenger made his dream come true

Thomas Eisfeld

Arsenal's young German star Thomas Eisfeld has been speaking about life at Arsenal.

Young Arsenal midfielder Thomas Eisfeld scored his first senior goal for the club in the League Cup win over West Brom, and has begun to pick up plaudits in his homeland.

Now 20, he was signed for around £600,000 in January 2012 from Borussia Dortmund, a potential bargain if he can go onto become a regular in Arsenal's midfield.

Eisfeld has given an interview with newspaper Osnabrucker Zeitung this week in his homeland of Germany in which he has been discussing life at Arsenal and his career so far, including which injured teammate resembles a 'cheerleader' at present. Here are the highlights:

On his German colleagues:

"Yes, we have now a small German group. It's good to be able to just be alongside the experienced players. Per (Mertesacker) is our "Big Daddy": He brings us back to earth sometimes and tells us how we should behave. Lukas (Podolski) is of course number one cheerleader in the changing rooms, a completely distinct character. Mesut (Ozil) is rather a little quieter type. And then there is still the power dribbler, my friend Serge Gnabry, who lives just 300 metres away from me."

Living in London

"Oh, is it spectacular. Sure I have seen all the highlights such as Big Ben and the London Eye visited in the first two weeks. But we have at least from 9:30am to 2pm training day - and Serge and I do more relaxing things like eating out at, cinema, shopping or Playstation. We live in the district of Enfield, North London - which is close to our training ground, but here to the city center because of the constant traffic jam (takes) over an hour."

Joining Arsenal

"When I was 16 years old, my adviser asked me where I would most like to play, if I could choose it. I spontaneously said, "Arsenal under Arsene Wenger 'not thinking about it. Shortly after my 19th Birthday in January 2012, he then called me and said: I have a surprise for you. Arsenal is interested, Arsene Wenger would like to speak with you. I did not have to think long."

His future

"Here at Arsenal and I absolutely feel comfortable and I can continue to develop at the top level. I have experienced many beautiful things here, such as our Asian Tour in the preseason: Our fanbase there is very large and the people celebrate us like little pop stars, which always gives a good boost. I have a contract until the summer of 2015 - and beyond, Arsenal will be my first point of contact."

Do you think Eisfeld can become a star at the club? Will he get the opportunities this season?

image: © Kieran Clarke

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