38. Chuks Aneke (On loan at Crewe Alexandra, until May 2014)

Powerful midfielder Chuks further underlined his vast potential during two highly-successful loan spells with Crewe Alexandra in League One last season.

Having struggled to impose himself during stints with Stevenage and Preston North End the previous campaign, Chuks, a product of the club’s Hale End Academy, impressed during Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia, scoring the winner against a Malaysia XI, prompting interest from a host of lower-league clubs.

Crewe seemed the ideal option given their reputation for playing passing football and providing youngsters with an opportunity to shine, and Chuks fitted in well immediately at the Alexandra Stadium with some good performances, despite picking up a red card in one of his early outings.

His impressive form yielded an extension of his loan until the end of the season, and he ended up with eight goals and seven assists in 38 appearances in all competitions, as well as a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winner’s medal.

The previous season, Chuks, who has amassed a wealth of experience for the club at second-string and U18 level since signing scholarship terms in 2009, made his Arsenal first-team debut, coming on as a late substitute against Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup.

This season, the midfielder, who has been capped by England up to U19 level, could experience another loan spell, but this campaign could be the one when a decision over his long-term future at the club will be made.

Red= primary position, Yellow= secondary positions
Red= primary position, Yellow= secondary positions


11 thoughts on “38. Chuks Aneke (On loan at Crewe Alexandra, until May 2014)

    kitrovicea said:
    July 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Came on for last 10 mins v Maidenhead for the reserves and scores in 7-1 win good start to season- keep it up Chuks

    b mathers said:
    July 29, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    This guy is a big bruiser must be 6ft3 at 16 with skill and tricks to burn. Chuks should be looking to get into the reserves very soon. He is a very classy playmaker with physical ability to dig in and do some defensive work. Most of Arsenal midfielders are 5ft6 midgets and way to soft for the Prem battle. Respect to Jack W for giving him and Benik a mention on the officail website. All quality English talent coming thru the ranks alongside Watt Thomas Murphy and Lansbury.

    Jayne S said:
    September 26, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Very impressed with this young lad – will follow his progress with interest.

    ma bre natalinci zakon said:
    May 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I have a question about this kid.I heard that Barca wanted him and Afobe.So when Afobe turned 17 he was offered contract as soon as possible,because he is best talent in this group,and because they wanted to be sure he will not go to Barca.So when Aneke turns 17 in a few months should we expect another new young pro(is he worth keeping in the team)?

    Aristote said:
    August 11, 2010 at 2:47 am

    The lad has the physique to be a Real powerhouse!!

    Arsenal said:
    October 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    One talent that he must keep working hard and a first team regular call is sure to come knocking

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    Jerryodiks said:
    March 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Arise o compatriot, when Nigeria calls pls obey

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