By Chris Harris

Craig Eastmond won last year's Youth Cup with Arsenal as a right-back but he admits that his "natural role" is in central midfield.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a major breakthrough in the past 12 months in that position, making his Premier League debut in the 2-0 win at Bolton last month. He proved an able deputy for Alex Song and believes that a defensive midfield role is where his future lies.

"When I was at Millwall [before I joined Arsenal in 2007] I played central midfield all the time," Eastmond told Arsenal TV Online.

"So when I went back to central midfield at Arsenal I knew what to do because reading the game is one of my strengths.

"In Alex Song's role his job is to break up the play, get into tackles, pass the ball and be aware. Alex has made the role his own. Now every time I travel with the first team or see him in the gym, I ask him questions and get some feedback."

Subscribers can now watch part two of our exclusive interview with Craig on Arsenal TV Online. He discussed:

  • switching from right-back to midfield
  • Arsène Wenger's reasons for his positional change
  • whether he is a student of the game
  • his 'natural role' in midfield
  • Alex Song's strength in that defensive role
  • his relationship with Alex
  • learning from other players
  • the search for regular games
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12 Feb 2010