Former Arsenal midfielder Thomas Eisfeld has revealed that he had offers from other Premier League clubs this summer, before opting to drop down to the Championship with Fulham.
Signed by the Gunners in January 2012 from Borussia Dortmund, the 21-year-old was well regarded within the club’s setup but made just a pair of League Cup appearances during his two seasons in North London, with his path to the first-team blocked by various established options.
Linking up with fellow countryman Felix Magath at recently-relegated Fulham, the German prospect has stressed that he could have remained in the top flight, but the promise of precious first-team minutes was what convinced him to sign a two-year deal at Craven Cottage.
‘I spoke to Arsene Wenger last year and he said you’re a good player but you’ve got world class options in front of you,’ he told Sky Sports News.
‘That’s the reason I didn’t get the chance. I had two appearances but I wanted more regular first-team football and that’s why I left.
‘I had a couple of Premier League offers but I spoke to Felix Magath and he told me I had a good chance to play here and that’s the reason why I’m here. They promised me first-team football.’
Having already been singled out for praise by his new manager in pre-season, Eisfeld now has a prime opportunity to prove his Premier League credentials by helping Fulham return to the top flight at the first time of asking, and to perhaps even make some other teams regret not having snapped him up this summer.