Ex-Arsenal midfielder Craig Eastmond released by Yeovil Town

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Ex-Arsenal prodigy Craig Eastmond has been released by Yeovil Town.

Yeovil Town confirmed on their official website last week that former Arsenal midfielder Craig Eastmond was among a number of players being released by the club.

The Glovers finished bottom of League One this season, meaning they will drop down into League Two - their second consecutive relegation.

Manager Paul Sturrock is now looking to re-shape his squad at Huish Park, and that has involved 11 players leaving the club at the end of their contracts.

Amongst that crop of players is former Arsenal youngster Eastmond, who played just once for Yeovil since signing for the club from Colchester in February.

It's another blow for the 24-year-old, who was allowed to leave Arsenal in 2013, despite having made four Premier League appearances for the club.

In fact, having started his first Premier League game for the Gunners in January 2010, manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the midfielder, saying he was an 'interesting player', as quoted by Tribal Football.

"He has shown that he has qualities to be a player for us but in some occasions as well that he is not ready," said Wenger. "Overall he has shown interesting things. In the second-half he got tired and then he started to lose some balls that you do not want to lose but overall it was an interesting performance," he added.

Eastmond will now be on the lookout for a new club this summer, with Arsenal fans no doubt wishing him the best - even though he wasn't able to live up to Wenger's high praise all those years ago.

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