Every season a number of Arsenal players go out on loan to gain valuable first-team experience and the 2010/11 campaign was no different.
Arsenal.com have tracked the progress of the loanees throughout the season and our ‘Loan Review’ series will examine each player in turn. Today we focus on Craig Eastmond.
Craig joined Championship side Millwall in January on loan until the end of the season.
The midfielder made his debut in a 2-0 win against Barnsley the following week but struggled to break into Kenny Jackett’s side as they pushed for a play-off place.
He made four starts and two substitute appearances before his season was ended in April when he sustained a small fracture to his fibula in training.
Toby Porter of South London Press:
“When I saw him play for a sustained length of time, I was impressed with his technical ability and his nous. But he didn’t get enough playing time to really stamp an impression on fans.
“Craig can both hold and create and that impressed me. He retained the ball with skill rather than sheer brute force, which you can get in the Championship.
“Jackett thought he was good defensively and put him on late on in games to solidify things. The manager was impressed with what he saw but he is very young to be given a lot of responsibility in a team pushing for the play-offs.”Copyright 2014 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 25 May 2011