Arsenal's Craig Eastmond re-bailed until the New Year after arrest on suspicion of indecent exposure

09 December 2010 07:02
Enlarge Bright prospect: Craig Eastmond (left) has made three appearances for the Gunners this season

Craig Eastmond's hopes of focusing on a run in Arsenal's first team have been dented after he was re-bailed following an arrest on suspicion for indecent exposure.

The midfielder, 20 on Thursday, was first arrested in October before returning to Wandsworth police station last week, and he will now have the matter hanging over him until the new year after being bailed again until January 25.

'A 19-year-old has been bailed pending further enquiries, returning in late January,' confirmed a Metropolitan Police spokesperson.

Eastmond has been tipped for a bright future for Arsenal and England, with Arsene Wenger describing him as 'very intelligent in his reading of the game'.

After being handed a fresh long-term contract earlier this year, he has made three appearances in the current campaign but scored an own goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Unlike Aaron Ramsey, Henri Lansbury and Tom Cruise, he has not been loaned out and can provide cover as Arsenal look to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League.

But he is the third Arsenal youngster in trouble with the law this year, with Jack Wilshere arrested and cautioned after a 'fracas' on a London street, while Jay Emmanuel-Thomas allegedly failed to stop for police in his car.

Focus on Wilshere's personal life has intensified since his England call-up but Arsenal manager Wenger has insisted he is only concerned when it affects his performances. He said: 'His private life is his private life, if it is a professional matter it is completely different.' 

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