Arsenal have a talented line-up in the centre of midfield.
Mikel Arteta played in two stand in roles in a stellar fashion last season - stand in skipper for a misfiring Thomas Vermaelen and a stand in defensive midfielder for the departed Alex Song.
He doesn't have the power or physicality for that role, but he makes up for that with intelligent positioning and diligence.
He was joined in midfield in the latter part of last season by a much improved and equally hardworking Aaron Ramsey. The attacking head of the central midfield trio was initially Santi Cazorla and he excelled early in the season. With the return to fitness of Jack Wilshere, Arsene Wenger seemed to favour the young Englishman in that role for a while.
However,later in the season, with Wilshere requiring protection for his injured ankle, Thomas Rosicky stepped up and with good effect.
For a youngster like Thomas Eisfeld to be in this exalted company, and looking to break into the team must be a daunting challenge. But the young German has excelled whenever he has got the chance, either in pre season matches or in Capital One Cup games, like the memorable game away at Reading last season.
He has shown he has all the ingredients to succeed in the English game, and may have more chances to impress this season. An introduction in the Premier League may be too much to hope for him, considering Arsenal's high hopes and expectations of the coming season.
But he can be called upon to impress in either Capital One or FA Cup games alongside another wonderkid Gideon Zelalam.
Eisfeld has been cited by many as the next Mario Götze, due to his excellent play-making abilities and a good on-field presence, and Wenger has also lauded his attitude and technical ability. The future for this young German is bright, and with star performers like Wilshere and Cazorla to look up to, he can only get better this season.
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