Thomas Eisfeld Update: German Scores His First Goal for the Arsenal Reserves

Matthew Snyder@schnides14Analyst IIIApril 12, 2012

Two games for the Arsenal reserves, one goal.

Not the worst debut for Thomas Eisfeld, the team's only signing in the 2012 winter transfer window.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund player and native German, who had been nursing a knee injury, hadn't played since he was subbed off at halftime on Feb. 1 during his reserves debut against Swansea City.

He played well in that match. It was his well-placed shot that forced the deflection that led to Arsenal's opening goal in the 2-0 victory.

After missing more than two months, the man with the canary Nike vapors was back in action on Tuesday, reassuming his role in the reserves starting lineup against Newcastle United.

As it turned out, his early goal would prove to be the only one that Arsenal needed at Whitley Park in a 1-0 victory to mark their sixth win in seven matches.

Eisfeld's goal came from a slotted finish from a Josh Rees cross on the right flank. It was the kind of finish that will inspire confidence in the 19-year-old, who is trying to make his mark at the club.

He nearly scored a second, but his chipped effort in the just prior to the half was parried away by Toon keeper Jack Alnwick.

Eisfeld made way in the 78th minute for Jordan Wynter. He did not suffer another injury.

Rees provided the assist for Eisfeld.
Rees provided the assist for Eisfeld.Clive Rose/Getty Images

Most comfortable as an attacking midfielder, Eisfeld spent the majority of his time during the game up front. Reserves manager Neil Banfield said his staff made the decision in order "to try something a bit different."

"We said to him to play up there but maybe also come back and play in midfield so we'd have four, and attack from wide areas," Banfield said. "It was a bit tactically different and it took him a bit of time, but he did ever so well, he played 70 minutes and he came through it fine and that's the main thing."

The reserves have just one game remaining in their season—a May 1 home fixture against Everton.

Eisfeld should play in that game.

With midfield slots at a premium ahead of next season (Jack Wilshere is coming back from injury, and Henri Lansbury will be back on loan from West Ham), another good performance from the German would go a long way toward inspiring confidence in Arsene Wenger.


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