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 23)[2]
Place of birth Battersea, London, England[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive 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 41 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:36, 19 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Leon Eastmond (born 9 December 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Colchester United. A product of Arsenal Academy who came to prominence during the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup, he can play as either a defensive midfielder or right back.[3]

Career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Born in Battersea, London, Eastmond started his career at Millwall, but joined Arsenal when he was 11 years old. He was a part of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2008–09.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8]

After signing a new long-term contract extension with the club on 13 January 2010,[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12][13]

Millwall (loan)[edit]

Eastmond made a return to his first club Millwall on 25 January 2011, almost 10 years after he left the club as a youth. Having failed to establish himself in the Arsenal first-team, he stayed with the Lions until the end of the 2010–11 Championship season. He made his debut in a 2–0 home victory against Barnsley on 28 January, playing 70 minutes before being substituted.[14] On 29 April 2011, it was announced that Eastmond had broken his ankle during a training session with Millwall.[15]

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 until the end of the season.[16] He made his debut on 25 February in a 5–0 win against Hartlepool United at Adams Park.[17]

Colchester United (loan)[edit]

On the same day that Joe Dunne was appointed manager of Colchester United, he signed Eastmond on a three-month loan deal, alongside fellow Arsenal player Sanchez Watt and MK Dons striker Jabo Ibehre on 27 September 2012.[18] He made a positive impact on the club during his stint, scoring twice in twelve appearances, before his loan was cut short after suffering a metatarsal injury in training.[19]

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 out to during the 2012–13 season,[20] signing a two-year deal with the U's.[21] Eastmond was injured in his first game of pre-season on 10 July, being substituted after just 36 minutes during a friendly match at Heybridge Swifts following a strong challenge by Ryan Doyle.[22]

Eastmond made his second debut for Colchester in the opening game of the 2013–14 season during a 1–0 win over Gillingham on 3 August at Priestfield.[23] 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.[24] Eastmond helped Colchester to their biggest win under Joe Dunne with a 4–0 victory over Stevenage on 26 December, registering two goals for himself in the process.[25] He also scored in the final game of the 2013–14 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.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 August 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[27] Premier League 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
2010–11[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 3 0
2011–12[29] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[30] 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[28] Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2011–12[29] League One 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Colchester United (loan) 2012–13[30] League One 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
Colchester United 2013–14[31] League One 39 4 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 42 4
2014–15[32] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 41 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 44 4
Career total 77 6 3 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 87 6
  1. ^ Appearance in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Arsenal
All honours referenced by:[4][33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Colchester United – Player profile". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "FootballSquads – Colchester United – 2012/13". FootballSquads.co.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Lambrou, Lambros (24 October 2007). "Young Guns: Defender Craig Eastmond". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Player profile: Craig Eastmond". Arsenal F.C. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Four youngsters sign professional terms". Arsenal F.C. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (28 October 2009). "Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Clarke, Richard (28 October 2009). "Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (30 December 2009). "Portsmouth 1–4 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Craig Eastmond signs new long-term contract". Arsenal F.C. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Fletcher, Paul (17 January 2010). "Bolton 0–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Hughes, Ian (24 January 2010). "Stoke 3–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.arsenal.com/match-menu/3315153/first-team/shakhtar-donetsk-v-arsenal?tab=report
  13. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (3 November 2010). "Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Match: Millwall v Barnsley – English League Championship – ESPN Soccernet". soccernet.espn.go.com. 
  15. ^ "Arsenal's Craig Eastmond breaks ankle – Mail Online". London: dailymail.co.uk. 29 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Eastmond arrives from Arsenal". WWFC. 21 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Wycombe 5–0 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Colchester United sign Eastmond, Watt & Ibehre on loan". BBC Sport. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "Eastmond's Injury Woe". Colchester United FC. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Eastmond to join Colchester United". Arsenal FC. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "U's snap up Eastmond from Arsenal (From Gazette)". Colchester Gazette. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Eastmond to undego X-ray after horror tackle (From Gazette)". Colchester Gazette. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Gillingham 0–1 Colchester". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Colchester 3–1 MK Dons". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Colchester 4–0 Stevenage". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Walsall 0–1 Colchester". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Craig Eastmond in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Craig Eastmond in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Craig Eastmond in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Craig Eastmond in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Craig Eastmond in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Craig Eastmond in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  33. ^ Taylor, Declan (17 May 2009). "Tottenham Hotspur Yth 0 - 1 Arsenal Yth". Arsenal.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

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