Midfielder Eastmond, 26, has been one of non-League Sutton’s most impressive players as they have beaten three Football League clubs to make it to the fifth round – where they will pay Arsenal on Monday week in the biggest game in the club’s history.
But Eastmond, who made 10 appearances as a youngster for Arsenal before being released in 2013, is now in major danger of missing the game.
He was sent off for a bad challenge in Sutton’s goalless FA Trophy draw with Boreham Wood on Saturday – the club ended with nine men as they also had defender Ben Jefford dismissed for two yellow cards – and now faces a three-game ban for a straight red card.
Craig Eastmond is waiting to see if he can face Arsenal
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Non-league Sutton United had reason to celebrate in 1989 when they eliminated top flight Coventry in the third round thanks to goals from Tony Hains and Matthew Hanlan
The first of those games is when National League side Sutton face Boreham Wood in their third round Trophy replay.
They travel to Solihull Moors on Saturday in the National League, then Guiseley also in the league, on Tuesday night.
If all three go ahead, then Eastmond, a key player for manager Paul Doswell’s side, will have served his suspension and be free to face Arsene Wenger’s multi-million pound team.
But with temperatures due to drop this week and rain forecast, Eastmond is anxiously keeping an eye on the forecasts.
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He said: “Yes, I’m on tenterhooks. It’s an unbelievable situation. I desperately want to play against Arsenal, my old club – but now I just have to wait and hope.
“It was a bad tackle but I never meant to hurt the guy. I thought I got the ball first – that was what I was trying to do. There was no intent to hurt. I’m a bit nervous right now. I’m keeping a real close eye on the weather forecasts – the worry is that it say it is going to get colder! We have three games, Boreham Wood, Solihull and Guiseley. I am keeping an eye on all their websites as well to check on their pitches!”
Sutton have beaten Cheltenham, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds to make it this far – and ironically, if they can beat Boreham Wood they have been drawn to face this season’s other FA Cup giantkillers, Lincoln City, in the fourth round.