Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday, but did you know the Gunners have two players formerly of the German club in their ranks?
One is Tomas Rosicky, signed in 2006, and the second is youngster Thomas Eisfeld who signed in the January 2012 transfer window.
Eisfeld is on the verge of the first team having impressed on the last two pre-season tours, and making his debut in the Capital One Cup clash with West Brom in September.
In an interview with the Bundesliga website he has been describing the experience:
"The game was obviously something special for me...Until the day before the game I did not know that I would play. More I was just glad that I was standing directly on the pitch. Arsene Wenger just said, "Go out, have 'fun!"
Asked about the strength of the Bundesliga versus the Premier League, he had this balanced response:
"The Bundesliga has caught up in any case. Bayern and Dortmund play a super football. Manchester City away as Bayern has demonstrated - that was impressive. At the moment there are more teams in the Premier League who can fight for the title, so for me it is better occupied in depth."
He was asked if he would like to return to the Bundesliga one day, "Currently concentrating only on Arsenal. Of course, the Bundesliga still is a very attractive league."
Eisfeld still clearly holds a level of admiration for his former club Dortmund, revealing that he is thrilled to be heading back to Germany even though he is unlikely to be involved.
"I'm looking forward to the game, even if I am probably not ready to play. Because of back problems I could not train in the last two weeks. Nevertheless, it is a special match for me. In Dortmund, I spent most of my youth, so I'm naturally BVB still connected and grateful. They play on a very high level. Dortmund will play offensive this time. At home is the BVB a power. It is hard for us, but Arsenal won in Munich."
Eisfeld went onto discuss first signing for Arsenal, and working under Arsene Wenger, topics covered in a previous interview he conducted with a German newspaper last month.
It certainly sounds as though he has no split loyalties despite the emotions involved, and is fully committed to the Gunners for the time being. If he stays fit and continues his progress then maybe if the two clubs face off next season he may be in line to feature.
Will Eisfeld make it at Arsenal? Where does he fit in?
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