Craig Eastmond will join Colchester United on a permanent basis next season.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who becomes a free agent this summer, is to sign for Joe Dunne's League One side having impressed during a loan spell with the Essex club last year.

Eastmond came through the youth ranks at Arsenal. An FA Youth Cup winner in 2009, he made 10 first-team appearances for the Gunners, and was a regular for the reserves during his time with the Club.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Craig for his contribution to the Club, and wish him well for his future career.

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