Arsenal boss excited by new Pires Thomas Eisfeld

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Arsene Wenger says he was reminded of Robert Pires when watching Thomas Eisfeld play against West Bromich Albion last night.

Eyebrows were raised when Eisfeld was brought in from Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

Although displaying fantastic talent for the Bundesliga outfit, a succession of serious injuries saw Jurgen Klopp give up on him and Wenger was happy to take the young German off their hands.

The 20-year-old started in the No.10 role in a team blended with a mixture of youth and experience last night.

He duly impressed, scoring a well-taken goal to give Arsenal a temporary lead in the second half.

Although his first goal for the senior side, Eisfeld has shone for the Under-21 team having scored nine goals in total last season.

Wenger has now said that the young midfielder reminds him of Arsenal legend Robert Pires.

"He is a Pires type," the manager told Arsenal Player. "He appears to be in the box without being noisy and appearing suddenly. When he is there, he finishes well.

Pires spent six glorious years at Arsenal and was an essential member of the famous 'Invicibles' side. Overall he scored 84 goals from a midfield position and Wenger believes that Eisfeld has the same rare qualities as the Frenchman.

"He has that kind of quality that some midfielders have - not many," he added. "They have the timing to get in dangerous situations. When they have those dangerous situations, they are like snakes. They bite you to death because they don't miss their first touch.

"He's cool enough in front of goal and he finishes well."

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