Aneke unsure what immediate future holds as he concludes impressive loan spell

Given his experiences away from the club last season, Chuks Aneke could be forgiven for being satisfied at featuring regularly for Crewe Alexandra in League One this season. The 19 year old struggled to impose himself during stints with Stevenage and Preston North End in 2011/12, as he found it difficult to adapt to tactics which strayed quite far from what he was used to. At Crewe, however, he has found his niche, helping to orchestrate attacks, win the ball back and weighing in with a fair share of goals in the process.

Aneke’s impressive form meant that his loan deal was extended on three occasions and, although Crewe are willing to extend his stay even further, the midfielder has now temporarily returned to Arsenal to reflect on his immediate future having not featured as regularly in recent weeks after opportunities were given to Bradden Inman, a fellow midfielder on loan from Newcastle United, instead.

Aneke now has 35 senior appearances under his belt.

Aneke now has 35 senior appearances under his belt.

Aneke can certainly be satisfied with his contribution at the Alexandra Stadium, having scored six times and set up four goals in 17 matches. His desire to play regularly, however, may see him opt to seek a separate loan spell elsewhere, possibly in the Championship, as he continues in his quest for the ultimate dream of a place in the first-team squad at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of the midfielder, who has been capped by England from U16 through to U19 level, and handed Aneke his senior debut as a late substitute against Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup last season. Aneke subsequently impressed on the pre-season tour of Asia last summer, but, having seen the likes of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Henri Lansbury make fleeting first-team appearances before being sent packing, he will be under no illusions of just how difficult it is to make the grade at Emirates Stadium.

He is certainly doing the best that he can to achieve that goal, however, and has been a rare plus point when the overall landscape of this season’s Arsenal loanees is assessed. Capable of playing effective short and long passes, as well as knowing when to take touches in difficult areas, Aneke has thrived this campaign, demonstrating the potential first witnessed in Arsenal’s Premier Academy League success in 2009/10.

Back then, the likes of Benik Afobe, Oguzhan Ozyakup and Luke Freeman were competing with Aneke for the mantle of the Academy’s most promising player. Ozyakup and Freeman have since departed, whilst Afobe has not enjoyed much success on loan at Bolton Wanderers this season. It could transpire that Aneke will be the member of that quartet to progress the furthest with regards to a long-term future at Arsenal but, before any bold predictions are made about the future, he has a very important decision to make regarding how he will spend the remainder of the campaign.



  1. I think the best thing for Aneke right now would be to stay at Crewe and fight for his place there, he has no guarantees of playing regularly at any other club he goes to. At least at Crewe they play decent football and he was being used behind the striker, gaining experience in his best position. I’d rather he played another 10 games at Crewe at no.10 than playing 20 games out of position for a long ball team.

  2. Having seen him a number of times this season as a Crewe fan i do not think he is ready for Championship just yet. Needs to become a little bit more of a team player at times.

    saying that some of the overall play he produces is fantastic. But in terms of rapid progression to Championship then Premier league…thats still a year or two down the line

    No doubt he should stay at Crewe, we’re two matches away from another Wembley final, surely another month with that dangling in front of him is tempting?

    1. It’s probably too late to get a reply now, but I’ll ask anyway.

      Do you think Aneke can become Arsenal standard? Other than team play, what else do you think he is lacking at this moment?

      1. Over the years we’ve seen many of our own players who you can tell will be a player (Ashton, Murphy, etc) Aneke looks as though he could fall into that bracket.

        Team work, consistency and maybe improving on his tackling (no more silly two footers like at Stevenage).

        He will be a player…whether he will be a consistent top 4 midfielder i’m not sure. Lets hope as England could do with some more options.

  3. Think Aneke should stay at Crewe until the end of the season and then reassess things.

    Zaha to Utd Jeorge imo Wenger has lost his bottle in the transfer market his record of buying players have not been great the last few years with Chamakh, Santos, Arshivan, Park and Squllaci being stinkers.

    There have been some deals already Newcastle are getting great value for money this window.

    Very disappointed with him. Yes Theo resign but why is getting our players to sign new deals such a f**king effort.

  4. I think Aneke will make the grade at Arsenal. With Diaby being Diaby, Frimpong looking more and more likely to heading out of the club in the summer the door is open for Aneke. The midfield needs more steel and i believe he can provided it. I personally wouldn’t mind Arsenal getting rid of deadwood at the end of the season and replacing it why young players like Aneke. Thats if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions league.

  5. Edzy from watching Aneke and from other’s accounts of his play, he will need to develop that drive and steel you are asking for. I thought he played very well in pre-season, and Arsene is probably waiting on him to develop that extra bit of drive before easing him in to the picture in place of Diaby when Abou isn’t fit. I like that idea, adn playing in the lower leagues will help Chucks immensely. He’ll learn how to defend and defend himself better. I haven’t given up on him yet, and think he has the class to turn in to a great player. I really hope he makes it.

  6. i wouldn’t like to see us give up so quickly on frimpong as some are suggesting…this kid plays with heart and personality…something our first team is seriously lacking at the minute.

    him and wilshere in central midfield could really tear it up.

  7. Saw him play 2 games during his loan spell and it’s no surprise that Crewe’s fortunes improved when he played for them regularly. When he arrived, they were above the relegation zone and now are 3 points away from the play-off zone. He played in a deeper role in front of the back four and sprayed passes around. He was good at linking up play and I can see him doing well, if AFC give him a chance.

  8. That’s the problem with Arsenal, we tend to lose our academy players without giving them the chance to impress. Aneke played very well during the summer pre-season matches, he has all the ingredients to play for the first-team, his versatility is a big asset. Wenger should give more chances for the own youngsters of his team as Jurgen Klopp does at BVB.

    1. I agree. Before it was like ONLY 2 can make it from this group. Suddenly they change their mind after letting the top players go…. Its Arsenals own fault for letting players go. Now we suddenly wants to make it a british core. I hope Yennaris and Frimpong turn out to be class.

  9. I would like to see some of our youngsters be given opportunities to do loan spells in some of Europe’s best clubs. They need a wider experience!

  10. Hard to many of our young people when it is felt the club they dream of playing has become a feeder club. In the back of their minds the feeling is they are next.

  11. Aneke needs to move away to get games and get his career moving. Its weird how a player of his talent and ability has to go to Preston Stevenage and Crew when hes clearly good enough to play in the first team squad. His pre-season performances showed hes good enough to play with the first team but the clear bias towards bought players means he wont get any games to develop.
    Youth players take heed only 1 player has gone from Hale End to Arsenal 1st team in 15 years because they ALL werent good enough for the first team !!!!!!!!!!
    Seems LB and a few others are getting paid to do f… all

    1. Its known as the curse of the academy, Players that come through the academy are sold to self fund the academy. To have a chance of making it at the club you have to be bought in. Its a shame that the academy players are not afforded the same opportunities as those who are bought in .
      Does make you wonder what the role of Mr Brady and Court is at the club.

  12. ymd – 7 goals and 6 assists in 22 games. Keep you head up your ass because ALL your comments are shit. Toral would never ever be allowed to go on a UK loan because he would get smashed similiar to Gnabry Eisfield and other lilylivered soft
    idiots you mastubate over. You are a village idiot sticking to washing elephants you mug.

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