Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke has rejoined League One side Crewe Alexandra on an initial six month loan deal, and could feature in their opening game of the new season against Rotherham United tomorrow.
The 20 year old spent the vast majority of last season at The Alexandra Stadium and enjoyed an impressive campaign during two separate spells at the club, featuring 38 times in total, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists having failed to catch the eye during stints with Stevenage and Preston North End in the same division during the previous campaign.
It is believed that Crewe are perfectly suited to the way in which Aneke and Arsenal prefer to play, given their penchant for free-flowing, possession-based football, but, despite his success out on loan, the former England U19 international has struggled to make an impact on the senior set-up at Emirates Stadium.
Aneke has just one competitive appearance for the first-team to his name, which came as a very late substitute against Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup two years ago, but, although he has travelled on the last two pre-season tours of Asia, he has often been forced to play out of position and spent the majority of the recent tour operating as a centre-back.
Aneke, who featured as Arsenal’s U21s drew 4-4 against Leyton Orient in midweek, won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with Crewe last season and will be hopeful that his latest loan spell is just as successful.