'Gutted!' - Arsenal fans react on Twitter to surprise Thomas Eisfeld sale

Arsenal fans have voiced their disappointment at the sale of Thomas Eisfeld to Fulham.

Instead of flying to the USA for pre-season, German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld found himself sold by Arsenal yesterday.

The German youngster, signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2012, was a highly regarded prospect at the club, so his sale came a little out of the blue.

He impressed in the League Cup against Reading two seasons ago, and scored in the same competition versus West Brom last year.

Eisfeld, who models his game on Tomas Rosicky, has also impressed particularly in two consecutive pre-seasons, but had failed to earn any playing time in the Premier League.

Also absent from his CV were any loan moves, for which the nature of his outright sale to Fulham is a tad surprising, for a season long loan may have been more suitable for the Gunners.

Yet the path in front of him to the first team was clearly a blocked one, and would only have opened up had Arsene Wenger decided to dispense with all of or some of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and or Abou Diaby.

The lure of working with top German coach Felix Magath in west London, and hopefully regular football in the Championship, appears to have been too good for him to resist, with the location meaning also he would not have to uproot.

Arsenal stated on their website: "Everyone at the club would like to thank Thomas for his contribution and to wish him well for the future."

There was no comment on a potential buy-back clause, but if one was inserted into the terms of the deal it may well be wise.

Arsenal supporters appeared taken aback by the announcement, here is how they reacted via Twitter:

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