Ex-Arsenal starlet looking forward to ‘massive’ night with Sutton United

It is definitely going to be a very special night for all the Sutton United players and fans when Arsenal come to Gander Green Lane this evening, but for one Sutton player it is going to be a dream come true. Craig Eastmond joined the Gunners at just 11 years old and was part of the Arsenal team that did the Youth Cup and Premier League Academy double in 2008-09, but as with many of our starlets never quite made the grade in the Premier League.

But he is now very happy at Sutton, and loving their amazing run in the FA Cup, and can’t wait to see some of his old team-mates again tonight. As Eastmond said on the official FA website: “I have spoken to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain because I want to make sure I get his shirt ahead of the others,”

“It is a big occasion, especially as I played for them for a long period of time. I played in the first-team after coming through the ranks as a young boy.

“I support Arsenal, my brothers support Arsenal so after the draw, I was like ‘Oh my God, it is Arsenal’. I was overwhelmed.

“We were due a Premier League team as well. We had a League One team, then a Championship side and luckily enough now we have one of the big-hitters.

“It is massive. We have achieved so much already, especially against Leeds, and now it is the fifth round against Arsenal, on TV – you can’t ask for any more than that.

“My time at Arsenal was amazing – you learn a lot of things. It will be good to see Arsene Wenger, I started with him and he believed in me and gave me the chance to play in front of so many people. It is going to be special.”

It will be a great night for Craig, whoever wins, but I certainly hope that he hasn’t come back to bite Arsenal in the bum!



  1. arsenal_canada says:

    Anyone else seen the comments made by Perez’s agent? Apparently he wants ” to leave at all cost”. He said it’s down to playing time. Can anyone else confirm or deny this?

    1. Juhi McLovin says:

      Who could blame him?

      Get rid of Wenger and retain Perez and Sanchez. Thank you very much.

      1. arsenal_canada says:

        That’s the thing, I can’t blame him. I can think of at least a dozen times were he could have played. It’s a shame because I think Perez could form an awesome understanding between welbz and Sanchez.

  2. muffdiver says:

    Gutted about perez proper gutted

    Quality player. Sanchez goes and him

    Fk sake

    Hate this season

    1. Pablo Picaso says:

      I suspect this player exodus still has a few more surprises for us so lets hang on. For other players of course them moving on is long overdue but for some it will be very hard to replace them. Our canon is rusty more than ever.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        I reckon it’s time to replace the canon with a crate of empty Bottles ?

        1. invisible says:

          No fatty, time to replace them old rusty cannons with brand new howitzers, out with the old man.

    2. arsenal_canada says:

      I blows my mind how he hasn’t played much this season. The goals he’s scored tells us he’s not only a poacher, but he’s got a hell of a left foot as well.

  3. Okayblack says:

    The problem of Arsenal is Arsene Wenger, Get rid of Arsene Wenger, and we’ll be happy again. Wenger Out, Wenger Out, Wenger Out!!!!!!

  4. Okayblack says:

    Arsenal exits in d summer…

    Four out of these 7 are SURELY leaving if Wenger stays!
    How can we attract big players when we don’t pay big wages, and or win TROPHIES OR treat your big stars with respect ??? THOSE FANS WHO STILL SUPPORT ARSENE WENGER are LUNATICS… They Do Not Mean Well for Arsenal.

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