By Giuseppe Muro
Craig Eastmond’s loan move to Millwall will see the midfielder returning to his old stomping ground.
A south Londoner himself, Eastmond has joined the Championship side until the end of the season after struggling to break into the Arsenal first team. But it won’t be the first time he has donned the blue of Millwall.
The 20-year-old joined the Lions as an eight-year-old and spent three years at the New Den before moving to Hale End at the age of 11. The connection doesn’t stop there, with brother Gavin formerly on their books.
Eastmond eventually signed professional terms with Arsenal in 2007 but admits it will be good to see a few familiar faces when he links up with Kenny Jackett’s side.
“I used to play for Millwall before I came to Arsenal so I still have a few mates there,” Eastmond told Arsenal.com. “But obviously that was a long time ago.
“I left Millwall when I was 11 but it’s not bad to go home from time to time.
“Obviously new players will have come in [since I left] so I will have to adapt to them. There were a few teams [in for me] but I chose Millwall.”
Despite being on the cusp of Arsène Wenger’s squad last term, the young midfielder has been limited to just three appearances this season and felt a temporary move necessary for his development.
“I wasn’t getting into the first team so I thought I’d see if I could go on loan. A few teams came in for me, so I thought I would see how it goes. I asked the boss and he said you can’t go on loan at the moment but we will see at the end of January.
“I wasn’t involved in the FA Cup or the Carling Cup so I knocked on his door again and he said OK.
“I want to play regularly in the first team and then come back and see how it goes. Of course [I want to come back to Arsenal and prove that I can get into the first team]. That’s the aim.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Jan 2011