Craig Eastmond

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Craig Eastmond
Personal information
Full name Craig Leon Eastmond[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-09) 9 December 1990 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Battersea, London, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Right-back
Club information
Current team
Colchester United
Number 6
Youth career
2000–2002 Millwall
2002–2009 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Arsenal 4 (0)
2011 Millwall (loan) 6 (0)
2012 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 14 (0)
2012 Colchester United (loan) 12 (2)
2013– Colchester United 47 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:52, 18 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Leon Eastmond (born 9 December 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Colchester United. He is also capable of playing at right-back.[3] A product of the Arsenal Academy who came to prominence during the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup, Eastmond would make ten first team appearances between 2009 and 2013 for Arsenal in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Champions League.

Eastmond had three loan spells away from the Gunners. He joined Millwall on loan in 2011, with whom he spent some of his early youth career. He was loaned to Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United in 2012, and signed for Colchester on a permanent basis in 2013 following the expiry of his contract with Arsenal.

Career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Born in Battersea, London,[2] Eastmond started his career at Millwall at the age of eight, but joined Arsenal when he was 11-years-old. Although previously a right-back, when playing for the Arsenal Reserves, he was played in a central midfield position.[3] He was a member of the team that won the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup[4] and the 2008–09 Premier Academy League.[5] On 30 June 2009, it was announced that Eastmond along with three other members of the double-winning youth squad had signed professional terms with the club.[6]

Eastmond made his first-team debut on 28 October 2009 in the League Cup against Liverpool, helping set up Arsenal's first goal in a 2–1 victory.[7][8] He made his Premier League debut against Portsmouth, coming on as an 85th minute substitute for Samir Nasri in a 4–1 win at Fratton Park on 30 December 2009.[9]

After signing a new long-term contract extension with the club on 13 January 2010,[10] Eastmond was handed his first Premier League start away to Bolton Wanderers on 17 January, starting alongside Cesc Fàbregas and Abou Diaby as the Gunners ran out 2–0 winners, before being replaced by Fran Mérida after 62 minutes.[11] He made his FA Cup debut one week later in a 3–1 defeat to Stoke City, playing some of the game at right-back following Francis Coquelin's substitution.[12] Eastmond ended his first season as a professional with seven first-team appearances to his name, including two League Cup games, four Premier League matches and an FA Cup appearance.[13]

During the 2010–11 season, he was handed his European debut away to Shakhtar Donetsk on 3 November, being replaced by Carlos Vela after 59 minutes in the 2–1 defeat.[14][15] His appearance against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup on 30 November 2010 would prove to be hist last for Arsenal when he came on as a second-half substitute for Robin van Persie.[16]

Millwall loan[edit]

Eastmond made a return to his first club Millwall on 25 January 2011, almost ten years after he left the club as a youth. Having failed to establish himself in the Arsenal first-team, he joined the Championship side on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season.[17] He made his debut in a 2–0 home victory against Barnsley on 28 January, playing 70 minutes before being substituted.[18]

Eastmond struggled to break into Kenny Jackett's promotion-chasing side, making just four starts and two substitute appearances from January to April.[19] However, his season ended prematurely after he broke his ankle during a Millwall training session, as he returned to his parent club for treatment.[20]

Wycombe Wanderers loan[edit]

Following his injury lay-off, Eastmond returned to first-team action with a loan spell at League One club Wycombe Wanderers on 21 February 2012, signing on loan until the end of the season.[21][22] He made his debut on 25 February in a 5–0 win against Hartlepool United at Adams Park.[23] Despite Wycombe being relegated from League One at the end of the 2011–12 season, Eastmond was ever-present for Gary Waddock's team following his arrival, playing 14 games.[24]

Colchester United loan[edit]

After being linked with a loan move to Colchester United,[25] on 27 September 2012, Eastmond was signed on a three-month loan deal by Joe Dunne on the day he was appointed Colchester manager, joining alongside fellow Arsenal player Sanchez Watt and MK Dons striker Jabo Ibehre.[26] Eastmond's debut against Hartlepool on 29 September got off to a bad start when his mistake allowed Craig Lynch to score the Hartlepool's opener after just six minutes. However, his side recovered to record a 3–1 victory.[27]

Eastmond scored two goals during his loan period with Colchester, the first a close range one-two with Sanchez Watt in a 2–0 victory over Carlisle United on 20 October,[28] and his second one week later when the U's relinquished a two goal cushion in a 2–2 away draw with Shrewsbury Town.[29] After featuring 13 times for the club, Eastmond fractured his fifth metatarsal in training in December 2012, forcing him to return to his parent club and look set to keep him out of action for two months.[30]

Colchester United[edit]

With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2013, Arsenal announced on 20 May 2013 that Eastmond would sign for Colchester United, the club where he was loaned during the 2012–13 season,[31] penning a two-year deal with the U's.[32] However, before he could play a competitive game for Colchester, he was injured in his first game of pre-season on 10 July. He was substituted after just 36 minutes of play during a friendly match at Heybridge Swifts following a strong challenge from Ryan Doyle.[33] Despite his injury, he had returned to action in late July, featuring for 30 minutes in a friendly against Ipswich Town, and 45 minutes in a 1–0 win over non-league Histon.[34]

He made his full debut for the club on 3 August 2013 in Colchester's 1–0 opening day win against Gillingham.[35] He scored his first goal of the campaign during a 3–1 home victory over Milton Keynes Dons on 26 November with an effort that went in off the post.[36] Eastmond helped Colchester to their biggest win under Joe Dunne's stewardship with a 4–0 victory over Stevenage on 26 December, registering two goals for himself in the process.[37] Eastmond was one of the more regular appearance-makers in the Colchester United first-team during the 2013–14 season,[38] in a season where he eventually made 42 appearances.[39] He scored his fourth goal in the final game of the season in a 1–0 win against Walsall with a freak goal. Saddlers defender James Chambers' attempted clearance struck Eastmond and flew into the net to earn the U's the win.[40]

Eastmond started for Colchester in their opening day fixture with Oldham Athletic at the Colchester Community Stadium on 9 August,[41] but limped off after just 32 minutes with an ankle injury, ruling him out of a League Cup clash with Charlton Athletic three days later.[42] He returned as a late substitute in the U's 2–1 reverse at the hands of Notts County on 19 August,[43] and also appeared as a substitute in the 1–0 loss to Doncaster Rovers on 23 August.[44] He was then left out of Colchester's game with Peterborough United by manager Joe Dunne, with Dunne stating that he had given the player time off.[45] However, on 1 September, Joe Dunne was replaced as Colchester manager by Tony Humes, with Humes announcing that Eastmond had "taken part in every [training] session with us this week" and that he looked "quite sharp".[46] In Humes' first match in charge, Eastmond was amongst the matchday squad, but was an unused substitute in the U's 0–0 stalemate with Walsall on 6 September.[47] He appeared as a substitute for Sanchez Watt and played for 15 minutes in the next match, a 2–0 away victory against Leyton Orient on 13 September.[48] Eastmond started only his second match of the season on 20 September when the U's held Bradford City to a 0–0 home draw.[49]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 December 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2009–10[13] Premier League 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
2010–11[50] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 3 0
2011–12[51] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[52] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 10 0
Millwall (loan) 2010–11[50] Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2011–12[51] League One 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Colchester United (loan) 2012–13[52] League One 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
Colchester United 2013–14[39] League One 39 4 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 42 4
2014–15[53] League One 8 0 2 0 0 0 1[b] 0 11 0
Total 47 4 3 0 1 0 2 0 53 4
Career total 83 6 5 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 96 6
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Arsenal
All honours referenced by:[4][54]

Personal life[edit]

Eastmond has five older brothers, two of whom were professional footballers. His oldest brother, Darren, was signed to Wimbledon and another brother, Gavin, was also signed to Millwall.[3] His cousin Kyle Eastmond is a professional rugby union and former rugby league player who has represented England at full international level.[55]

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