U’s sign Arsenal duo on loan on

COLCHESTER United’s new boss, Joe Dunne, has completed his second and third signings of the day, by snapping up the Arsenal duo of Craig Eastmond and winger Sanchez Watt on loan.

Wandsworth-born Eastmond is a 21-year-old midfielder, who is highly rated by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

He has so far made 10 first team appearances for the Gunners, four in the league and six in the cup.

In addition, Eastmond, who can operate as a right-back as well as defensive midfielder, has enjoyed loan spells at Millwall and Wycombe Wanderers.

Watt, meanwhile, is a 21-year-old winger who has made there appearances in Cup competitions for the Gunners, scoring against West Brom in the League Cup.

He has also had loan stints at Southend, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Crawley Town.

They both join striker Jabo Ibehre, signed on loan from MK Dons on a three-month deal earlier in the afternoon, as new additions to the U’s squad ahead of Saturday’s home game against Hartlepool.

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And like Ibehre, the Arsenal duo have both signed three-month loan deals, which will take them up to Boxing Day.

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