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Arsene Wenger-Thomas Eisfeld plays like Robert Pires

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Thomas Eisfeld for his performance in the League cup by comparing him to the Gunners legend Robert Pires.

The Frenchman was so impressed with the German youth International that he has himself compared the youngster to Arsenal legend Robert Pires.

Wenger told Arsenal's official website: “He is a Pires type. He appears to be in the box without being noisy and appearing suddenly. When he is there, he finishes well.” 

“He has that kind of quality that some midfielders have - not many. They have 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 is cool enough in front of goal and finishes well.”

The praise came about after Eisfeld carefully slotted in the opening goal from a Nicklas Bendtner assist during Arsenal's win over West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the Capital One Cup on penalties.