Midweek Sport - - RACING EXTRA - By PAUL BURNS

ARSE­NAL have con­firmed the sign­ing of at­tack­ing mid­fielder Thomas Eis­feld from Borus­sia Dort­mund on a longterm con­tract.

The 19-year-old came through the Ger­man out­fit’s academy and leaves af­ter seven years with the club.

Eis­feld has im­pressed for Dort­mund’s Un­der-19 side this sea­son and has now com­pleted a move to the north Lon­don­ers.

“I feel very proud to have signed for Arse­nal,” said Eis­field. “This is a great club, with many great play­ers, and I’m so happy to be join­ing Arse­nal.

“It’s a real hon­our to be team-mates with the great play­ers at Arse­nal and also train­ing ev­ery day with play­ers like To­mas Rosicky – who I grew up watch­ing play at Dort­mund.

“I will give it ev­ery­thing I have here and do my best to make the man­ager, play­ers and fans happy. I would also like to thank Borus­sia Dort­mund, where I played for the last seven years, for ev­ery­thing they have done for me.

“I had a great time and there were many won­der­ful coaches who helped me get to where I am to­day.”

Eis­feld has fea­tured at youth level for the Ger­man na­tional team and can play in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions.


Speak­ing on the ad­di­tion, Arse­nal boss Arsene Wenger said: “Thomas is a player we have liked for some time.

“We have watched him closely this sea­son. He is young but has proven to us that he can play, that he has the at­ti­tude and tech­ni­cal abil­ity to be a valu­able ad­di­tion to our squad.

“We’re very pleased to wel­come him to the club.”

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