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.