Former Arsenal midfielder Thomas Eisfeld has admitted that if given the chance he would re-sign for them right-away, hailing the amount there is to learn at the club.
The young German was sold by the Gunners to Fulham last year after making just two senior appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side, and is now plying his trade on loan in his home nation with VfL Bochum.
Though the ex-Borussia Dortmund youth man’s future is somewhat uncertain - he’s only featured sparsely for Bochum - under no illusions whether he would make the same decision to join Arsenal if handed the opportunity.
"If you get an offer from Arsenal you don't decline it as a young player," he said, according to Goal. "The club is a world club, regularly playing in the Champions League.
"I would sign right away. You learn so much. The level at training is crazy high. There are several players who are internationals competing for the positions. There's so much to learn for a young player."
Coincidentally his comments come as Wenger is planning something of a midfield overhaul for the summer, with Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta all either likely to move on or fight very hard to retain their spot in the north London. Reports earlier this week implied that the futures of the latter two are linked, with Wenger yet to convince Arteta to stay at the Emirates Stadium amidst rumours he doesn’t want to be on the bench.
If Arteta does stay then it means that Flamini is unlikely to, with room still to be made for the expected purchase of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin. The France international has long been linked with a move to the Gunners, and as Arsenal’s need for a combative midfielder increases the interest in the services is only going to peak.
One surprise asset they can rely on, and a man who managed to do what Eisfeld could not in successfully graduating to Arsenal’s first team from their academy after arriving as a teenager, is Francis Coquelin, who has largely become one of Wenger’s most important players.
The 23-year-old was heavily criticised for failing to make an impact after going on loan to SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga, and Wenger recently confirmed that he had been expecting to offload him.
Yet though he has impressed this term the Gunners could still do with the introduction of someone who would add more mettle to their play, and in this respect Schneiderlin would be perfect. Experienced, acclimatised to English football’s top flight and all too ready to get stuck in, he’s not only garnered a reputation for being one of the best at what he does in the Premier League, but he’s also a snip at around £20 million.
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