Arsenal may not be able to hold Thomas Eisfeld back much longer

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Arsenal are going to find it hard to hold back Thomas Eisfeld from the first team much longer.

When all their players are fit, it is perfectly reasonable to argue that Arsenal have the best array of central midfielders in the league.

Their trio of Cazorla, Arteta, and a still not fully fit Wilshere was too much for Tottenham to handle at the weekend, but their real strength lies in the depth of their squad,

While the jury remains out on Frimpong and Ramsey, injured stars Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky would certainly stake a claim to get into the Gunners starting line-up.

After that there is Francis Coquelin, desperate for first team action, and now Thomas Eisfeld is staking a major claim for more opportunities too.

The German was widely credited with helping the Gunners turn their League Cup tie around against Reading when he came off the bench in their incredible 7-5 win.

After an impressive pre-season, Eisfeld was tipped for big things and even compared to Borussia Dortmund whizkid Mario Gotze.

Well last night may only have been a match with Norwich under-21s, but Eisfeld stepped up to the plate, inspiring the Gunners to an impressive 4-2 away victory - scoring twice.

The 19-year-old scored either side of half-time, with Chuba Akpom and Kristoffer Olsson also netted, with Serge Gnabry also featuring for the Gunners.

With him continuing to rattle in the goals and turn on the style for the under-21s, his progress is showing that Arsenal cannot hold him back for too much longer.

The starlet has now got a taste for first team action, and he will want more of it, so Arsenal will have to decide what to do with him.

Fortunately there is a League Cup clash away to Bradford City on the horizon, which appears an ideal chance for the Gunners to give Eisfeld a starting role to show what he can do.

And then if Arsenal can get a home win over Montpellier tonight and Schalke beat Olympiakos, both the Gunners and the Germans will qualify, meaning the final Champions League game with Olympiakos will be a dead-rubber, with the Greeks even assured of third place.

The away trip to Olympiakos to give the youngsters a run out is fast becoming an annual event for Arsenal, win lose or draw, and Eisfeld could look at that tie as a potential opportunity.

Beyond that at present he remains very much in reserve in the Premier League, and the possibility of a loan may raise itself- but it depends largely on the fitness of Diaby and Rosicky, dicey at the best of times. 

Wenger may choose to keep him where he is, as cover, but if he keeps on impressing, it is going to be hard for the manager to hold him back.

How long before Eisfeld is handed another first team chance?

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